Stargazer: The Life and Times of the Telescope
The telescope is literally the world's most far-reaching invention. It can unlock nature's secrets in the remotest corners of the universe. It is a time machine, allowing us to look billions of years into the past for answers to some of our most profound questions.
In its 400-year history, the telescope has progressed from a crudely fashioned tube holding a couple of spectacle lenses to colossal structures housed in space-age cathedrals.
The history of the telescope is a rich story of ingenuity and perseverance involving some of the most colourful figures of the scientific world. It begins in ancient times, gathers momentum through the Renaissance, with the first recorded telescope bursting onto the scene in the middle of a diplomatic crisis in seventeenth century Holland, and takes us to the limits of space with the cutting-edge telescopes of today.
Written by Fred Watson, one of Australia's best-loved astronomers, Stargazer brings the story of the telescope to a general readership for the first time.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - T.Rex - LibraryThing
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 TelescopeUser Review - Kirkus
The story of telescope makers and their instruments, told with gleeful professionalism by the astronomer in charge of the Anglo-Australian Observatory.Watson opens this pleasing history with a little ... Read full review
2 The Eyes of Denmark
7 On Reflection
8 Mirror Image
14 Dream Optics
15 Silver and Glass
16 Walking with Galaxies
Notes and Sources
10 The Way to Heaven
11 Astronomers Behaving Badly
The Worlds Great Telescopes