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The Spatialities of Radio Astronomy

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ISBN 9781032357461
April 21, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The spaces of science are understudied by the spatial disciplines and studies of science and technology. This book examines this multidisciplinary overlap through a comparative study of four of the world’s most important radio telescopes. Through detailed analysis, historical research, interviews, personal observations, and various conceptual manoeuvres, the author reveals the depth of spatial process active at these scientific sites and the territories they traverse.
Through the conceptual frameworks of territory, hyper-concentration, and contingency, the book examines the telescope as one exploded across space and time, present in multiple connected sites simultaneously, and active in the production of space. It develops a historiographic and contemporary analysis of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA, Chile); the Five-hundred-meter diameter Aperture Spherical Array (FAST, China); the Arecibo Observatory (Puerto Rico); and the MeerKAT/SKA (South Africa). These case studies are global exemplars of the different spatial transformations that occur through science. Their relationships to surrounding communities and landscapes reveal deeper constitutional processes embodied in each institutional and spatial form.
This book spans the modern history of architecture and science, the studies of science, technology and society, and urban theory. It is of specific interest to architects and designers expanding their analysis of spatial production, scholars in the study of geography, landscape, science, technology, and astronomy, and people fascinated with how these radio telescopes were conceptualised, built, and operate today.

Table of Contents

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations. Foreword. Chapter 1: Introduction. Chapter 2: Fortress Science. Chapter 3: Making Science. Chapter 4: Territories of Emptiness. Chapter 5: Hyper Concentration. Chapter 6: Negotiating Contingencies. Epilogue: To the Moon. Index.

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Guy Trangos is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. His research examines the evolving relationships between urbanisation, society, science, technology, and outer space.