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Richard Preston's name became a household word with The Hot Zone, which sold nearly 800,000 copies in hardcover, was on The New York Times's bestseller list for 42 weeks, and was the subject of countless magazine and newspaper articles. Preston has become a sought-after commentator on popular science subjects.
For this hardcover reprint of what has been called "the best popular account of astronomy in action," (Kirkus Reviews) he has revised the text and written a new introduction.
A lively account of astronomers at work by the young New Yorker writer.
|Foreword: To Readers and Teachers||xi|
|Part 1||Big Eye||1|
|Part 2||The Shoemaker Comets||65|
|Appendix 1||Main Characters||267|
After reading The perfect Machine this book was an excellent follow up to it. If you enjoy astronomy and telescopes especially the 200" on Mount Palomar you'll like this one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 10, 2000
This book has a cast of quirky but larger than life characters, including the awesome two hundred-inch Hale Telescope at the Palomar Observatory in California that took fourteen years to cast and polish. The draw for this book is how these astronomers make their incredible discoveries fueled by Oreo cookies, using parts from dumpsters, and keep it held together with Palomar glue (rolls of cheap transparent duct tape). The book is broken into three interwoven areas: the gear, the folks, and the discoveries. The book is packed with facts and insights into what drives the astronomers to use the big eyes to solve the riddles of the universe. This book would be an enjoyable read for anyone who would like to learn what it is like to be standing in the shoes of the folks that always have their eyes on the skies.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.