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The History of the Telescope

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Publisher Comments:

"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.

Book News Annotation:

Originally printed in 1979 in England by Griffin & Co., this was reported by the author to be the first comprehensive, book-length history of the telescope. He begins with an ancient Egyptian astronomical instrument—the merkhet—and proceeds to describe innovations, instruments, and instrument makers throughout the world and up through the making of the 200 inch Hale telescope at Mount Wilson which was dedicated in 1948. King includes a few radio telescopes as well as numerous b&w photos and diagrams. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This remarkable history encompasses not only the achievements of the early inventors and astronomers but also the less frequently recounted stories of the instrument makers and of the actual instruments. 196 black-and-white illustrations.

Synopsis:

This remarkable history encompasses not only the achievements of the early inventors and astronomers but also the less frequently recounted stories of the instrument makers and of the actual instruments. 196 black-and-white illustrations.

Synopsis:

This definitive history encompasses not only the achievements of the early inventors and astronomers but also the less frequently recounted stores of the instrument makers and of the actual instruments. A model of unsurpassed, comprehensive scholarship, this will-illustrated work covers many fields, including professional and amateur astronomy, optics, glass and lens technology, and the craft of the precision instrument. Unabridged republication of the 1995 edition. Forward by Sir Harold Spencer Jones.

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

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780486432656
Foreword:
Jones, Harold Spencer
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Foreword:
Jones, Harold Spencer
Author:
King, Henry C.
Author:
Space
Location:
Mineola, N.Y.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Scientific Instruments
Subject:
Star Observation
Subject:
Telescopes
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
Optics
Subject:
Telescope
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Books on Astronomy
Series Volume:
vol. 4, no. 3.
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
478
Dimensions:
1400x1200

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This remarkable history encompasses not only the achievements of the early inventors and astronomers but also the less frequently recounted stories of the instrument makers and of the actual instruments. 196 black-and-white illustrations.

"Synopsis" by , This remarkable history encompasses not only the achievements of the early inventors and astronomers but also the less frequently recounted stories of the instrument makers and of the actual instruments. 196 black-and-white illustrations.

"Synopsis" by , This definitive history encompasses not only the achievements of the early inventors and astronomers but also the less frequently recounted stores of the instrument makers and of the actual instruments. A model of unsurpassed, comprehensive scholarship, this will-illustrated work covers many fields, including professional and amateur astronomy, optics, glass and lens technology, and the craft of the precision instrument. Unabridged republication of the 1995 edition. Forward by Sir Harold Spencer Jones.
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