The Perfect Machine: Building The Palomar Telescope

August 4, 1995|
The Perfect Machine: Building The Palomar Telescope by Ronald Florence
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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.
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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Title:The Perfect Machine: Building The Palomar Telescope
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:480 pages, 8 X 5.31 X 1.08 in
Shipping dimensions:480 pages, 8 X 5.31 X 1.08 in
Published:August 4, 1995
Publisher:HarperCollins
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780060926700

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