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The History of the Telescope

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"This book is one that I can heartily recommend." — Sir Harold Spencer Jones, F. R. S., formerly Astronomer Royal
A model of comprehensive scholarship, The History of the Telescope relates not only the stories of early inventors and astronomers but also the rarely recorded details of the instruments themselves and their makers. This remarkable chronicle covers many fields, including professional and amateur astronomy, optics, glass and lens technology, and the craft of the ...

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Overview

"This book is one that I can heartily recommend." — Sir Harold Spencer Jones, F. R. S., formerly Astronomer Royal
A model of comprehensive scholarship, The History of the Telescope relates not only the stories of early inventors and astronomers but also the rarely recorded details of the instruments themselves and their makers. This remarkable chronicle covers many fields, including professional and amateur astronomy, optics, glass and lens technology, and the craft of the precision instrument.
Author Henry C. King bases his accounts primarily on first-hand sources — the letters, memoirs, papers, and treatises of the men who worked with telescopes. The great intellects (Roger Bacon, Galileo, Newton) and innovators (Tycho Brahe, Huygens, Hooke, Sir William Herschel) receive their due, along with lesser-known craftsmen and amateurs: the seventeenth-century Italian telescope makers Campani and Divini; the great London instrument artists Graham, Dolland, and Ramsden; and the experimenters Foucault and Brashear, whose contributions to mirror manufacture remain fundamental to all levels of astronomical endeavor. The modern-day successors of these men and their achievements bring this history to its conclusion in the mid-twentieth century, with profiles of the instruments still in use today.
A prime resource on the evolution of the telescope, this volume is magnificently illustrated with nearly 200 portraits, diagrams, and photographs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486432656
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 11/2/2011
  • Series: Dover Books on Astronomy Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 449,986
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Beginnings of Astronomical Observation
2. Early References to Lenses and to Optics
3. The Application of the Telescope to Astronomy by Galileo
4. Descartes' Failure to Improve the Telescope
5. Newton's Dispersion Investigations
6. Gascoigne and Picard Use Telescopic Sights
7. The Telescopes Used by Herschel at Bath
8. Hall's Invention of the Achromatic Lens
9. Guinand's Contributions to Flint-glass Manufacture
10. Rosse's Experiments with Compound Specula
11. Cassini IV's Trouble at the Paris Observatory with French Instrument-workers
12. The First American Observatories
13. Liebig's Silvering Process
14. Early History of Spectrum Analysis
15. Visual, Photographic and Photovisual Refractors of the Late Nineteenth Century
16. Hale's Invention of the Spectroheliograph
17. The Zeiss Foundation--Interesting Zeiss Telescopes
18. The 74-inch Toronto Reflector and Smaller Grubb-Parsons Telescope
19. Large Telescopes Built by Amateurs
  Index
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