The best thing about writing a book on the
A to Z of Scientists in Space and Astronomy
is discovering that many of the most amazing
contributions were made by ordinary people who
loved gazing at the stars. Musicians, philosophers,
priests, physicians, people who came from
impoverished backgrounds, and those with untold
wealth, have all contributed to our understanding
of what we see when we look into the
night sky, and where we fit into the scheme of
things. Astronomy, unlike any other field, can
be and has been significantly affected by amateurs.
The stars are for everyone....
ABSTRACT This paper is a review of recent trends in United States expenditures on research and development (R&D). Real
expenditures by both the government and the private sector increased rapidly between the mid-1970s and the mid-1980s, and have
since leveled off. This is true of both overall expenditures and expenditures on basic research, as well as funding of academic research.
Preliminary estimates indicate that about $170 billion was spent on R&D in the United States in 1995, with ≈60% of that funding
coming from the private sector and about 35% from the federal government.
During the past two centuries, scientists, farmers, and agricultural educators have tended to alternate
their views of soil organic matter (SOM) between the extremes of great appreciation and low
esteem. As an early 20th century bulletin explained, organic matter was “once extolled as the
essential soil ingredient, the bright particular star in the firmament of the plant grower…” before
it “…fell like Lucifer…” as a result of the findings of 19th century agricultural chemists that most
of the plant structure (C, that is) originated in the atmosphere (Hills et al., 1908)....
Parents and Early Life 2. Mother's Death and the Amulet 3. The Saint with Two Bodies (Swami
Pranabananda) 4. My Interrupted Flight Toward the Himalaya 5. A "Perfume Saint" Performs his Wonders 6.
The Tiger Swami 7. The Levitating Saint (Nagendra Nath Bhaduri) 8. India's Great Scientist and Inventor,
Jagadis Chandra Bose 9. The Blissful Devotee and his Cosmic Romance (Master Mahasaya) 10. I Meet my
Master, Sri Yukteswar 11. Two Penniless Boys in Brindaban 12. Years in my Master's Hermitage 13. The
Sleepless Saint (Ram Gopal Muzumdar) 14. An Experience in Cosmic Consciousness 15.
“Dunsel … is a term used by midshipmen at Starfleet Academy. It refers to a part which serves no useful purpose.” Mr Spock, in Star Trek, Episode 53: “The Ultimate Computer”
Paranoia began morphing into depression with the arrival of the 15 January 2004 issue of Nature. On page 247 was a paper by King et al. entitled ‘Functional genomic hypothesis generation and experimentation by a robot scientist’. The paper describes an automated system that uses techniques from artificial intelligence to formulate hypotheses to explain observations.
Humans have been exploring their world for thousands
of years. People love to discover and learn about new
places. Some of today's explorers are making exciting
new discoveries in space.
Many objects are found in the universe. These
include asteroids, planets, moons, comets, and stars.
Astronomers are scientists who study the objects in
space. People who travel to space to learn about it
are called astronauts.