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The Perfect Machine: Building the Palomar Telescope

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ISBN13: 9780060926700
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Almost a half-century after is completion, the 200-inch Palomar telescope remains an unparalleled combination of vast scale and microscope detail. As huge as the Pantheon of Rome and as heavy as the Statue of Liberty, this magnificent instrument is so precisely built that its seventeen-foot mirror was hand-polished to a tolerance of 2/1,000,000 of an inch. The telescope's construction drove some to the brink of madness, made others fearful that mortals might glimpse heaven, and transfixed an entire nation. Ronald Florence weaves into his account of the creation of "the perfect machine" a stirring chronicle of the birth of Big Science and a poignant rendering of an America mired in the depression yet reaching for the stars.

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A stirring chronicle of the potential of Big Science and a poignant rendering of an America mired in the Depression, The Perfect Machine weaves a tale of human effort and technical splendor that culminates in the completion of the Palomar Telescope. 16 page photo insert. Line drawings.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [421]-434) and index.

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Ronald Florence was educated at Berkeley and Harvard. The author of five previous books, he lives with his wife and son on the Connecticut shore, where they raise Cotswold sheep.

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Hillwalker, December 11, 2013 (view all comments by Hillwalker)
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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060926700
Author:
Florence, Ronald
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Star Observation
Subject:
Telescopes
Subject:
Reflecting telescopes
Subject:
Reflecting telescopes -- California -- Palomar, Mount -- History.
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
Reflecting telescopes - California -
Subject:
Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatories -
Subject:
General History
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
no. 5
Publication Date:
19950831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.40x5.56x1.18 in. 1.19 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A stirring chronicle of the potential of Big Science and a poignant rendering of an America mired in the Depression, The Perfect Machine weaves a tale of human effort and technical splendor that culminates in the completion of the Palomar Telescope. 16 page photo insert. Line drawings.

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