How, precisely, can astronomy be of benefit to anyone?

Bernard J. T. Jones

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Abstract

Astronomy as an observational science is technology driven both from the point of view of data, acquisition and of data processing and visualisation. Astronomy exploits a very wide base of technologies which are developed, enhanced and extended by users. Consequently, astronomy can return new and enhanced technologies to areas well outside of astronomy itself. My own hi-tech company, Astraguard, a video imaging company, is a small but significant example of that technology return. Astronomy can provide both know-how and people for a diverse variety of areas: security, industrial process control, medical and biological imaging, petrochemicals, databases, and the financial industries to name but a few. It is unfortunate that those who teach astronomy are generally not aware of these possibilities.

In this lecture I hope to take a first step towards showing what is possible. I hope to convince the reader that astronomy education, at all levels, can play a significant role in career development outside of astronomy and in higher education in developing countries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationROLE OF ASTRONOMY IN SOCIETY AND CULTURE
EditorsD VallsGabaud, A Boksenberg
Place of PublicationCAMBRIDGE
PublisherCambridge University Press
Pages381-392
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-0-521-76477-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun-2011
Event260th Symposium of the International-Astronomical-Union - , France
Duration: 19-Jan-200923-Jan-2009

Publication series

NameIAU Symposium Proceedings Series
PublisherCAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS
ISSN (Print)1743-9213

Other

Other260th Symposium of the International-Astronomical-Union
CountryFrance
Period19/01/200923/01/2009

Keywords

  • Imaging
  • data analysis
  • data acquisition
  • statistical modelling

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