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COMMUNICATING ASTRONOMY – SUCCESSES AND LIMITS

  • PAUL MURDIN
Part of the ASTROPHYSICS AND SPACE SCIENCE LIBRARY book series (ASSL, volume 343)

Abstract

Astronomers and media professionals have formed very successful partnerships to communicate astronomy to the public, through communications media of all sorts. But these e.orts communicate what science is like, subject to the constraints of the communications medium. They do not communicate what science is. The missing and essential ingredient is public participation in an investigation, starting from uncertainty and proceeding to lesser uncertainty by means of organised enquiry. Science is a medium in itself and the medium is the message. We have started to communicate what science is, but the systems for doing so are sophisticated and we are only just beginning to implement them.

Keywords

Virtual Observatory Simulated Science Communicate Astronomy Amateur Astronomer Universal Understanding 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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© Springer 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • PAUL MURDIN
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Astronomy Madingley Road CambridgeCambridgeU.K.

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