The Rise of X-ray Astronomy


Riccardo Giacconi


Associated Universities, Inc.


The study of celestial sources in their x-ray light has provided a powerful new tool for discovery of new aspects of the Universe. The astrophysical problems, which were posed by the first discovery of extra-solar x-ray emissions, were solved over a period of four decades. This progress was made possible by the advent of ever more sophisticated observations and techniques. The scientific and technological developments in particular areas of interest to the speaker will be described.




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