A New View of the Universe: Big Science for the Big Society

This RAS booklet, published in July 2010, sets out some of the ways in which astronomy has an impact on wider society.

From digital cameras to GPS, a series of articles explain how technology developed for astronomy has shaped our world, while case studies of former PhD students show how many astronomers and space scientists go on to influential careers in industry and commerce.

The Society gratefully acknowledges the support of the Science and Technology Facilities Council in the production of this booklet.