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Author Williams, Thomas R. (Thomas Roger)

Title Advancing Variable Star Astronomy : the Centennial History of the American Association of Variable Star Observers
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011
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Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; Part I PIONEERS IN VARIABLE STAR ASTRONOMY PRIOR TO 1909; 1 The emergence of variable star astronomy -- a need for observations; ARGELANDER'S APPEALS AND CRITERIA; ARGELANDER STUDENTS AND THE FOUNDATION; OUTSTANDING BRITISH OBSERVERS; BRITISH ORGANIZATIONAL EFFORTS; ASTRONOMERS IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE; ASTRONOMERS IN THE AMERICAS; 2 A need for observers; APPEALS FOR OBSERVERS; COOPERATIVE EFFORTS; THE PICKERING PLAN; EFFICIENCY IN ASTRONOMY; POPULAR INTEREST; VARIABLE STAR SPECTRA; CHANDLER'S VARIABLE STAR CATALOGS
DEFENDING VISUAL OBSERVATIONSDEFENSE OF SPECTRAL CLASSIFICATIONS; ARGUMENTS CONTINUE; AN INTERIM STANDARD; FRUITS OF COOPERATION; MORE URGENT CALL FOR OBSERVERS; PICKERING PARADIGM SHIFT; HARVARD CORPS OF OBSERVERS; THE EMERGENCE OF ORGANIZATIONS; THE SOCIETY FOR PRACTICAL ASTRONOMY; SPA VARIABLE STAR SECTION; Part II THE FOUNDING OF THE AAVSO -- THE WILLIAM TYLER OLCOTT ERA; 3 The amateur's amateur; TYLER OLCOTT'S PARENTS; THE OLCOTT-TYLER CONNECTIONS; FAMILY BUSINESSES IN CHICAGO; RETURN TO ANCESTRAL HOME; WILLIAM TYLER'S EDUCATION; COLLEGE LIFE IN THE GILDED AGE; TRAVEL AND LAW SCHOOL
EMPLOYMENT AT HARVARD COLLEGE OBSERVATORYENTERPRISE IN PERU; JOINING THE AAVSO; DEATH OF PICKERING; CAMPBELL TAKES CHARGE; THE PICKERING MEMORIAL; THE OLD GUARD STEPS IN; 6 Formalizing relationships; EVOLVING HCO INVOLVEMENT; AAVSO'S SCIENTIFIC FUNCTIONS; Standardization and distribution of charts; Julian Day calendars; Availability of telescopes; Broadening the AAVSO observing program; Instrumentalizing variable star observing; MANAGING THE OBSERVATIONS; PROGRESS IN VARIABLE STAR ASTRONOMY; AAVSO'S SOCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS; Member communications; Meetings
PASSING OF THE OLD GUARD BEGINSINTERNATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS; SO FAR, SO GOOD; 7 The Pickering Memorial Endowment; AN AMBIGUOUS RELATIONSHIP; AAVSO PICKERING MEMORIAL FUND; A NEW HCO DIRECTOR; ASTRONOMY'S GREAT DEBATE; LEON CAMPBELL AND VARIABLE STAR ASTRONOMY; THE PICKERING MEMORIAL CHANGES; HARVARD TAKES CONTROL; WILLIAM TYLER OLCOTT AFTER 1920; LOOKING BACKWARD (AND FORWARD); 8 Fading of the Old Guard; THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND THE AAVSO; AAVSO LEADERSHIP TRENDS; Rectifying administrative committees; Vetting and training observers; Other leadership issues; Meetings
SOCIETY, MARRIAGE, AND RECREATION -- THE GOOD LIFENIGHT SKY REVEALED; VARIABLE STARS AND SCIENCE -- AN OPTION?; ORGANIZING OBSERVERS; RECRUITMENT COMPETITION; 4 Amateurs in the service of science; A NOVA OPPORTUNITY; GAINING CONTROL; EXPANDING THE AAVSO PROGRAM; BOOK PUBLICATIONS; NEW STELLAR THEORY; A MEASURE OF SUCCESS; PICKERING'S EARLY SUPPORT; CLOSING THE GAP; STEADY AS SHE GOES?; WORLD WAR I REACHES AMERICA; AAVSO'S INCORPORATION; GROWING CLOSER TOGETHER; Part III RECORDING AND CLASSIFICATION -- THE LEON CAMPBELL ERA; 5 Leon Campbell to the rescue; EARLY LIFE IN CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS
Summary As the definitive history of the AAVSO, this text will interest amateur and professional astronomers, historians and sociologists alike
Notes Variable star program evolution
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 409-412) and index
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Subject Astronomy -- United States -- Observations -- History.
Variable stars -- Observations -- History.
Form Electronic book
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