on a workshop lead by the author at the 90th Spring Meeting of the AAVSO, May
A brief history of eclipsing
binary star light curve analysis and an overview of the current state of
affairs is given. The photometric searches for extra-solar planets in the next
few years will eventually result in millions of light curves and such volumes
of data will require the efforts of amateur astronomers in their analysis. This
article is a thinly veiled plea to AAVSO members to join the current efforts of
a few AAVSO members in the observation and analysis of eclipsing binary stars.