Stargazer: The Life and Times of the Telescope

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Da Capo Press, 2006 - Science - 342 pages
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The history of the telescope is a rich story of human ingenuity and perseverance involving some of the most colorful figures of the scientific world- Galileo, Johann Kepler, Isaac Newton, William Herschel, George Ellery Hale, and Edwin Hubble.Stargazer brings to life these brilliant, if sometimes quirky, scientists as they turned their eyes and ideas to the stars. Written by one of Australia's top astronomers, Stargazer reveals lucidly, and without technical jargon (but with a dash of humor), the history, science, and technology behind the telescope, and the enormous impact that it has had for four hundred years on how we have come to understand our universe.
  

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This is an excellent volume on the History of the telescope by a well-known astronomer. The volume traces the origin, evolution and development of this most essential astronomical instrument. The book is written in a lively and interesting style. Read full review

Stargazer: the life and times of the telescope

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Watson, astronomer-in-charge of the Anglo-Australian Observatory in New South Wales and a gifted science communicator, relates the development of the giant telescopes, or as he terms it, a history of ... Read full review

Contents

The Way to Heaven
156
Astronomers Behaving Badly
180
Leviathans
198
Hearthreaker
216
Dream Optics
230
Silver and Glass
248
Walking with Galaxies
272
Epilogue
283
Notes and sources
290
References
312
Glossary
323
Index
333
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Astrophysics Update 2
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About the author (2006)

Dr. Fred Watson is Astronomer-in-Charge of the Anglo-Australian Observatory at Coonabarabran in central New South Wales, where he is responsible for the scientific output of Australia's largest optical telescope. He writes regularly for Sky & Space magazine.

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