|Title:||Something new under the sun : satellites and the beginning of the space age|
|Publisher:||[S.l.] : Copernicus, 1998|
|ISBN / ISSN / EAN :||387949143|
|Bibliography note:||Includes a table of contents, bibliographical references and an index|
Though most of us seldom notice the presence of satellites, we certainly would notice if they were gone. In this history of the earliest days of the satellites that knit together our world, Helen Gavaghan shows how pioneers turned the dreams of science fiction into indispensable technology. Satellites link the stock markets of Tokyo, New York, and London. They make communication with disaster areas possible. "Birds", as they are known to the men and women whose life work they are, show nascent hurricanes and have transformed navigation from an ancient art dependent on the stars to an applied science that was crucial to America's success in the Cold War.
Focusing on the three major areas of development -navigational satellites, communications, and weather observation and forecasting- Gavaghan tells the remarkable inside story of how obscure men and women, often laboring under strict secrecy, made the extraordinary scientific and technological discoveries needed to make these miracles happen.
This book is part history, beginning with the Russian-Us rivalry over the launch of Sputnik; part politics, as scientists and visionary engineers compete for scarce funding that will bring their dreams to reality; and partly the story of the singular and fascinating individuals who were present at the creation of our modern technological area. Combining an impressive range of documentation with a compelling, readable narration, this book tells the hitherto untold story of one of the most important technologies of our time.
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|005918||TL796.G38 1998||Book||ISU Central Campus library||Closed-stack||Available|