The discovery of complex structures in the universe is summarized and commented upon. The strong linkage between improved observing techniques, taxonomy and early studies of evolution is illustrated. Comments are also made on the growing modern interest in morphology and the origin of structures in astronomy.
Bengt Gustafsson is Professor of Theoretical Astronomy at Uppsala and was formerly Professor of Astronomy in Stockholm. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences as well as the Danish and Norwegian Academies of Science. Astronomers are perhaps the most international of all scientists and Gustafsson has worked at the European Southern Observatory in Chile, the European Space Agency in Paris and with the International Astronomical Union. He is the author of many papers on astronomy and has also written some popular books in the field.
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