Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology

Astronomy at the Turn of the Twentieth Century in Chile and the United States

Chasing Southern Stars, 1903–1929

Authors: Silva, Bárbara K.

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  • Explores how the San Cristóbal Observatory emerged from a research expedition by American astronomers, and its connections to broader scientific, political, and cultural contexts
  • Combines a rigorously researched history of an important episode in the evolution of modern astronomy with an accessible, engaging writing style
  • Offers insight into the history of science in the global South, international scientific collaborations, and the origins of modern global astronomy
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This Palgrave Pivot tells the transnational story of the astronomical observatory in the hills near Santiago, Chile, built in the early twentieth century through the efforts of astronomers from the Lick Observatory in California. Venturing abroad to learn from largely unmapped Southern skies and, hopefully, answer lingering questions about the structure of the galaxy, they planned a three-year research expedition—but ended up staying for more than twenty-five years. The history of the Mills Expedition offers a window onto the history of astronomy, the challenges of scientific collaboration across national lines, and the political and cultural contexts of early-twentieth-century Chile and the United States.

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Bárbara K. Silva is a FONDECYT-Chile researcher and Lecturer of Latin American History at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook $44.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Astronomy at the Turn of the Twentieth Century in Chile and the United States
Book Subtitle
Chasing Southern Stars, 1903–1929
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-17712-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-17712-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-17711-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 134
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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