The Century of Space Science

  • Johan A. M. Bleeker
  • Johannes Geiss
  • Martin C. E. Huber

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Johan A. M. Bleeker, Johannes Geiss, Martin C. E. Huber
      Pages 3-22
  3. The Beginnings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Ernst Stuhlinger
      Pages 59-114
    3. The early epoch of space science

      1. John A. Simpson
        Pages 117-151
      2. James A. Van Allen
        Pages 153-177
      3. Cornelis de Jager
        Pages 203-223
      4. Eugene N. Parker
        Pages 225-255
      5. William K. Hartmann
        Pages 257-270
      6. James R. Arnold
        Pages 271-275
      7. Blair D. Savage
        Pages 287-300
      8. Martin Harwit
        Pages 301-330
  4. Fundamental Science in Space

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331
    2. Cosmology and gravitational physics

About this book


One of the most attractive features of the young discipline of Space Science is that many of the original pioneers and key players involved are still available to describe their field. Hence, at this point in history we are in a unique position to gain first-hand insight into the field and its development. To this end, The Century of Space Science, a scholarly, authoritative, reference book presents a chapter-by-chapter retrospective of space science as studied in the 20th century. The level is academic and focuses on key discoveries, how these were arrived at, their scientific consequences and how these discoveries advanced the thoughts of the key players involved.

With over 90 world-class contributors, such as James Van Allen, Cornelis de Jager, Eugene Parker, Reimar Lüst, and Ernst Stuhlinger, and with a Foreword by Lodewijk Woltjer (past ESO Director General), this book will be immensely useful to readers in the fields of space science, astronomy, and the history of science. Both academic institutions and researchers will find that this major reference work makes an invaluable addition to their collection.


astronomy cosmology dynamics galaxy geophysics ionosphere magnetosphere moon quasar satellites space space science stars

Editors and affiliations

  • Johan A. M. Bleeker
    • 1
  • Johannes Geiss
    • 2
  • Martin C. E. Huber
    • 3
  1. 1.SRON — National Institute for Space ResearchUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.ISSI — International Space Science InstituteBernSwitzerland
  3. 3.ESA — European Space AgencyParisFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-7196-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0320-9
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