publication . Article . Preprint . 1995

the purpose of astronomy

Davoust, Emmanuel;
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  • Published: 26 Jun 1995 Journal: Vistas in Astronomy, volume 39, pages 315-322 (issn: 0083-6656, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract
This is a presentation of the purpose of astronomy in the context of modern society. After exposing two misconceptions about astronomy, I detail its role in five domains, certified knowledge, incorporated abilities, innovations, collective goods, and popular science; with each domain is associated an institution, an incentive, and a method of evaluation. Finally, I point out the role of astronomy as a source of inspiration in other fields than science.
Subjects
free text keywords: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Certification, Incentive, Public good, Physics, Astronomy, Popular science, Astrophysics
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publication . Article . Preprint . 1995

the purpose of astronomy

Davoust, Emmanuel;