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An Acre of Glass: A History and Forecast of the Telescope By J.B. Zirker,

  • Title: An Acre of Glass: A History and Forecast of the Telescope
  • Author: J.B. Zirker
  • ISBN: 9780801882340
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ever since Galileo glimpsed the moons of Jupiter through his tiny telescope, astronomers have striven to understand how the universe is constructed and how it evolves Every increase in the size and power of telescopes has led to new discoveries Within the last century, telescopes have enabled us to learn about pulsars, quasars, gamma ray bursters, black holes, and the acEver since Galileo glimpsed the moons of Jupiter through his tiny telescope, astronomers have striven to understand how the universe is constructed and how it evolves Every increase in the size and power of telescopes has led to new discoveries Within the last century, telescopes have enabled us to learn about pulsars, quasars, gamma ray bursters, black holes, and the acceleration of the universe s expansion.An Acre of Glass describes how recent innovations in telescope technology have led to the construction of giant, ground based observatories and to an explosive development of astronomy Today, telescopes with mirrors 30, 50, and even 100 meters in diameter are being built Optical interferometers that cover an acre of ground are observing every night J B Zirker shows us how telescopes past, present, and future are built and describes the exciting science they reveal from planets beyond our solar system to supermassive black holes at the core of distant galaxies.For every striking image revealed through these enormous telescopes, technicians and scientists must overcome unique and incredible challenges How many pack animals does it take to get a telescope to the top of a mountain How do you make the shape of a 6 foot wide mirror accurate to within a 1,000th the thickness of a human hair In clear and accessible language, Zirker answers these questions and , providing fascinating technical detail about how a telescope is made and what the next generation can hope to see.
    An Acre of Glass A History and Forecast of the Telescope Ever since Galileo glimpsed the moons of Jupiter through his tiny telescope astronomers have striven to understand how the universe is constructed and how it evolves Every increase in the size and po

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    1. This is a very good book that covers a lot of ground related to past, present, and future telescope technology and projects J B Zirker is a professional astronomer and former director of the National Solar Observatory His personal mastery of the technical subject shines through His descriptions are usually marked by a precision that strips away many details without compromising the accuracy of what is left Despite the fact that this is clearly a popular science book there are no equations and on [...]

    2. This book gives a good idea about some of the most important telescopes in the history of astronomy and how they came about and the stories behind their building Mostly concentrates on 20th century telescopes and 21st century, but earlier telescopes are mentioned too, as well as their makers The choice of telescopes is somewhat United States centered though.

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