Every year between 4th and 10th of October the world celebrates space week to highlight science and technology in the field. These dates were chosen to commemorate the launch of the first satellite Sputnik 1 which opened the way for space exploration and the signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Use of Outer Space. In order to contribute to the celebrations we interviewed Dr. Ramon Khanna, Executive Editor for Astronomy and Space Sciences Books about the Astronomy and Space Sciences book program at Springer Nature.
A publishing editor's work goes far beyond acquiring new projects. They advise authors on their proposals and manuscripts and are organizing peer review. The German word for publishing editor is Programm Planer indicating that they are strategically developing their portfolios by staying informed, via attending conferences and with the help of scientific advisors and book series editors, sometimes even starting new book series on new hot topics.
The astronomy part of the program has remained relatively stable. Of course we are trying to cover all hot areas like gravitational wave astronomy, multi-messenger astronomy, exoplanets and new astronomical instrumentation and methods. Growth came from two areas:
Our general interest part of the program is among the biggest in the trade. Here we’re focusing on serious popular science for educated general readers and practical astronomy for amateurs.
As indicated above our collection comprises books for an academic readership (this is the main part) and a popular science program for general interest readers.
The academic part of the program consists of mainly monographs, monographic edited volumes and major reference works targeting graduate students to professional researchers. Astronomy highlights in this category are:
Space Sciences highlights in this category include books in our series Space and Society and Space Technology Library, namely
and the Springer Reference Works
And finally History of Astronomy highlights include books in our series Historical & Cultural Astronomy:
Our program is also very strong in graduate / PhD level textbooks, notably in the series Astronomy and Astrophysics Library. Recent highlights are:
Among undergraduate astronomy textbooks our top-used ones are:
Finally, our general interest books. Featured series are Astronomers' Universe, Space Exploration, The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series and Springer Praxis Popular Astronomy with highlight books
Gravitational wave astronomy is currently taking off. We are covering the topic in our journals (notably Living Reviews in Relativity) and in books on various levels, from undergraduate textbooks to proceedings.
Since current gravitational wave detectors don’t provide sufficient spatial resolution for identifying the source of the signal, gravitational wave signals are followed up by more traditional astronomical channels. This is what is called Multimessenger Astronomy on which we are publishing various books.
Exoplanet research has been a hot topic for nearly two decades. This is an extremely busy community and published numbers are quickly getting dated. We have published a major reference work in the field, the Handbook of Exoplanets and are continuing to publish monographs and textbooks on exoplanets.
Astronomy is one of the areas where really big data are collected. This leads to artificial intelligence and machine learning approaches on which we keep publishing up-to-date books.
In the space sciences the hot topics are exploration of solar system bodies (the Sun, planets, comets, asteroids) by robotic probes and in perhaps in future by manned missions. We have various books on such missions, many with amazing photos like in The Design and Engineering of Curiosity. But also the human aspects of manned missions are discussed, e.g. in The Human Factor in a Mission to Mars.
Astronomy & Space Sciences eBooks are part of the Springer Nature physics eBook collection. Our Astronomy & Space Sciences eBooks cover the entire spectrum of topics in the field, from undergraduate level textbooks via graduate level textbooks to edited volumes, monographs, major reference works and proceedings. In addition, we have a fantastic choice of popular science books in astronomy and space exploration catering for armchair and amateur astronomers and any general interest reader. Our readers should find the right books for their needs – and if someone identifies a gap you can contact me at Ramon.Khanna@springer.com.
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