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The Perfect Machine: Building the Palomar Telescope by Ronald Florence
The Perfect Machine: Building the Palomar Telescope

Hillwalker, December 11, 2013

A fascinating and readable history of the iconic Big Glass. This book tells of the visioning and creation of the Palomar observatory. The story of the casting and annealing of the mirror blank by Corning Glass is a gripping drama on it's own! Filled with history and little know tidbits. (Phillips Oil made a specialized product called Flying Horse Telescope Oil.) A good read for anyone interested in astronomy or history.
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Grendel by John Gardner

Hillwalker, January 4, 2011

So why is Grendel trashing Hrothgar's mead hall so regularly? Well, everyone has to have a hobby. But Beowulf has crashed the party and is set on spoiling all the fun.

After reading the classic myth from Grendel's point of view, I'm not sure who's side I'd be on.
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Microbe Hunters by Paul De Kruif
Microbe Hunters

Hillwalker, July 16, 2010

This is a fascinating book. It's a history piece detailing the hunt for deadly germs, but also showing the unthinking racism and prejudices of the early twentieth century. Casually used racial slurs and stereotypes appear throughout the chapters. Comically, in final section, syphilus is never named. It is "the disease that is the reward of sin" and "the disease of the loathsome name".

It was a very interesting read, and informative. However some parts required a thick skin.
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Paddle to the Sea by Holling C Holling
Paddle to the Sea

Hillwalker, November 22, 2008

I read Paddle in elementary school in the sixties. It was a wonderful surprise to see it recently reprinted. The story is a gentle and brilliant odyssey through the Lakes and through the clear colours of a child's eye. The description of the young native carver is not what it would be today, but is still insightful and told with respect.
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Hillwalker, May 4, 2006

An academic reprint that is easily approachable by interested amateurs. The history and modern landscape of Meteor Crater becomes more understandable and inviting with this guide.

Sections include the physics of impact explosions (and their craters), the geography of the area, affects of the impact and, the modern exploration of the crater.

This is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the Barringer Crater or impact craters in general.
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