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DeVorkin, David H. 1944-

Overview
Works: 199 works in 555 publications in 3 languages and 7,033 library holdings
Genres: History  Pictorial works  Juvenile works  Literature  Conference papers and proceedings  Biographies  Bibliography  Bibliographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: QB701, 522.2919
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by David H DeVorkin
Hubble : imaging space and time by David H DeVorkin( Book )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 1,151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains full-color images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope and discusses the telescope's development and how it works
Pluto's secret : an icy world's tale of discovery by Margaret A Weitekamp( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"People, children especially, have been baffled, bewildered, and even outraged by the fact that Pluto is no longer called a planet. Through whimsical artwork and an entertaining dialog format, this book explains why this is so. Providing a history of the small, icy world from its discovery and naming to its recent reclassification, this book presents a fascinating look at how scientists organize and class our solar system as they gain new insights into how it works and what types of things exist within it. The book includes a glossary and bibliography"
Beyond earth : mapping the universe.( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an age of x-ray telescopes and interplanetary probes it is easy to dismiss pre-scientific cosmologies as naive expressions of fear, hope, and superstition. But, if science teaches us anything, its that the pursuit of truth begins and ends with humility. What are the stars? How big is the universe? As readers of this fascinating exploration of humankinds efforts to map the universe will discover, after 50 centuries the questions remain the same. Only the tools we use to try to answer them have changed. Co-published with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum to be the official book of their new permanent exhibit, Explore the Universe, Beyond Earth is a celebration, in brilliant pictures and words, of cosmologies including ancient China, pre-Columbian America, classical Europe, and 20th-century astronomy. In it many of todays leading lights in the sciences, arts, and humanities share their personal insights and professional observations on the art and the science of cosmological thinking, from the Aztec calendars to the Hubble Space Telescope images of the Horsehead nebula. How did they envision the mysteries of the cosmos and creation? How did they map the night sky? How do we perceive the universe today? Luminaries such as Nobel laureate in physics Robert Wilson, astrophysicists Vera Rubin and Margaret Geller, and Harvard historian Owen Gingerich attempt to answer these and other fascinating questions by exploring an array of cosmological visions as expressed in the art, architecture, and writings of cultures East and West
Henry Norris Russell : dean of American astronomers by David H DeVorkin( Book )

8 editions published between 1989 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book-length biography of the "Dean of American Astronomers" interweaves personal and scientific history to illuminate how Russell's privileged Presbyterian family background, his education at Princeton and Cambridge, and his personal inclinations and attachments both served and were at odds with his campaign to modernize astronomy. This book will be of interest not only to astronomers and historians (particularly those interested in the emergence of astrophysics), but to anyone interested in the process of disciplinary change."--Jacket
Science with a vengeance : how the military created the US space sciences after World War II by David H DeVorkin( Book )

10 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beretter om den historiske og teknologiske udvikling inden for den amerikanske rumforskning og -videnskab, ikke mindst baseret på erobrede tyske V-2 raketter fra 2. verdenskrig
The Hubble space telescope : imaging the universe by David H DeVorkin( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the Hubble Space Telescope and how it works, who uses it, and why it has forever changed the world's appreciation of the cosmos
The Hubble cosmos : 25 years of new vistas in space by David H DeVorkin( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To celebrate NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and its 25 years of accomplishments, let The Hubble Cosmos fill your mind with big ideas, brilliant imagery, and a new understanding of the universe in which we live. Relive key moments in the monumental Hubble story, from launch through major new instrumentation to the promise of discoveries to come. With more than 150 photographs including Hubble All-Stars -- the most famous of all the noteworthy images -- The Hubble Cosmos shows how this telescope is revolutionizing our understanding of the universe."--
Hubble's legacy : reflections by those who dreamed it, built it, and observed the universe with it( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The development and operation of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) have resulted in many rich legacies, most particularly in science and technology - but in culture as well. This book, which includes contributions from historians of science, key scientists and administrators, and one of the principal astronauts who led many of the servicing missions, is meant to capture the history of this iconic instrument
The history of modern astronomy and astrophysics : a selected, annotated bibliography by David H DeVorkin( Book )

8 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Race to the stratosphere : manned scientific ballooning in America by David H DeVorkin( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beretter om amerikanske videnskabelige forsøg i 1930'erne med bemandede balloner, der kunne nå stratosfæren
Hubble's legacy : reflections by those who dreamed it, built it, and observed the universe with it( )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The development and operation of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) have resulted in many rich legacies, most particularly in science and technology - but in culture as well. This book, which includes contributions from historians of science, key scientists and administrators, and one of the principal astronauts who led many of the servicing missions, is meant to capture the history of this iconic instrument
Globalizing polar science : reconsidering the International Polar and Geophysical years( Book )

16 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The International Polar Years and the International Geophysical Year represented a remarkable international collaborative scientific effort that was focused on, but not limited to, understanding the Earth's poles. This groundbreaking collection redresses the surprising failure of historians to explore beyond even a cursory manner the richness of the IPYs and IGY as sites of historical and scientific study. In doing so, it illuminates critical aspects of the last 150 years of international scientific endeavour"--
Fred Whipple's empire : the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 1955-1973 by David H DeVorkin( )

8 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book explores how and why the Smithsonian Institution closed its Astrophysical Observatory in Washington, D.C. in 1955 and moved it as a budget line to Harvard first as a department of the Harvard College Observatory and then as the dominant partner. I examine the years when its founder-director, Fred Whipple, pushed the boundaries of research normally associated with an astronomical observatory to create one of the most complex scientific infrastructures for pursing both classical themes in astronomy, and themes associated as well with national service in areas far removed from the classical techniques of time and navigation. We carry the story to the point when Whipple stepped down as director in consequence of both Harvard and the Smithsonian deciding that a deep restructuring was necessary to better accommodate the survival of the institution as a true hybrid of governmental and private research activities. This is an institutional case-study that explores how changing patterns of patronage influenced disciplinary change in astronomy, and the role key personalities played in building this hybrid institution into one of the largest astronomical institutions on the planet. To my knowledge this is the first study of the effect of new funding sources created by Cold War priorities on a civilian astronomical institution, in fact on two astronomical institutions.--
Practical astronomy : lectures on time, place, and space by David H DeVorkin( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American Astronomical Society's first century by David H DeVorkin( Book )

8 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hubble's legacy : reflections by those who dreamed it, built it, and observed the universe with it( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and Danish and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The development and operation of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) have resulted in many rich legacies, most particularly in science and technology - but in culture as well. This book, which includes contributions from historians of science, key scientists and administrators, and one of the principal astronauts who led many of the servicing missions, is meant to capture the history of this iconic instrument
The Hubble revolution by David H DeVorkin( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bijuaru habburu boenkyo ga mita uchu by David H DeVorkin( Book )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in Japanese and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oral History interview with William G. Fastie by William G Fastie( )

5 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This interview discusses Fastie's career as a physicist, beginning with a position as research assistant at the Johns Hopkins University Physics Department (1941-45), as a research physicist at Leeds and Northrop (1945-51) and later as a research contract director and research scientist at Johns Hopkins (1951-68). After covering his family background and education, the discussion details Fastie's contact with A.H. Pfund and R.W. Wood, including many anecdotal recollections regarding the classified work of Pfund and Wood during WWII; and his interest in instrumentation as reflected in his work with Echelle gratings and spectrographs. Other topics discussed include: Baltimore city during 1920s; undergraduate and graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University; physical optics; spectrum analysis; infrared gas analysis; pyrometry; Eschelle gratings; Leeds and Northrup; Applied Physics Laboratory (APL); National Defense Research Committee (NDRC); John Sanderson; J.A. Bearden; John Charles Hubbard; G.H. Dieke; John Strong; and George Harrison, among others
 
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Hubble : imaging space and time
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Beyond earth : mapping the universe.Henry Norris Russell : dean of American astronomersScience with a vengeance : how the military created the US space sciences after World War IIRace to the stratosphere : manned scientific ballooning in AmericaGlobalizing polar science : reconsidering the International Polar and Geophysical yearsThe American Astronomical Society's first century
Alternative Names
De Vorkin David H.

De Vorkin, David H. 1944-

Devorkin, D.

DeVorkin, D.H.

Devorkin, David

DeVorkin, David 1944-

DeVorkin, David H.

Vorkin David H. De

Vorkin, David H. de 1944-

デボーキン, デビッド

Languages
English (119)

Japanese (4)

Danish (1)