This book describes the unlikely development of astrophysics in Spain, set against the final decade of Franco's rule and the country's transition to democracy.
The author, Founding Director of Spain's Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, gives a firsthand account of his own and others' odyssey in establishing the field in Franco's Spain, showing how in a mere half-century, Spain was able to transform from a scientific backwater to a world player in astronomy and astrophysics. The book is a behind-the-scenes, warts-and-all depiction of how Big Science gets done, showing the motivations-sometimes as entertaining as they are infuriating-that drive scientific institutions and the scientists who work for them.
Many astronomers, both professional and amateur, and historians know of the great scientific work being done in Spain, but there is very little published information available about the complex story underlying it. This English edition now makes that story accessible for the lay reader. With its casual, yet captivating narrative, the book is a rare and inspiring contribution to the history of astrophysics, science policy, education and outreach.
This book examines the "left turn" in Latin American politics, specifically through the lens of Ecuador and the effects of the Citizens' Revolution's actions and public policies on relevant actors and institutions. Through a comprehensive analysis of one country's turn to the left and the outcomes generated by that process, the authors and editors provide a clearer understanding of the ways in which the popular desire for change (predominant through the region in recent times, as a response to late-twentieth-century neoliberalism) was realized-or not. The particular case of Ecuador further potentiates analysis of the entire region-wide process, considering that the "corrector" cycle is now at an end, and that the economic and international conditions that favored the return of left governments have also changed.