AAO launch of Fred Watson's new book
Stargazer—The Life and Times of the Telescope
In its four hundred year history, the telescope has progressed from a crudely fashioned tube holding a couple of spectacle lenses to colossal structures housed in space-age cathedrals. Such giants attract universal attention, even among people with no interest in astronomy. They sit right at the boundary between the mysteries of the Universe and today’s cutting-edge technology.
this potent mix of art, science and engineering reach its present level
sophistication? The history of the telescope is a rich story of
perseverance involving some of the most colourful figures of the
world. It begins in ancient times, with enigmatic whispers of
inventions finding their way into classical writing. It gathers
through the Renaissance, with the first recorded telescope bursting
scene in the middle of a diplomatic crisis in seventeenth century
Stargazer brings the story of the telescope to a general
readership for the first time. Written by one of
Published by Allen & Unwin. Hard cover, fully illustrated, with eight pages of colour.
About the author
Fred Watson comes from a long line of Freds, but seems to have been the first in the family to become an astronomer. He now says he has spent so many years hanging around large telescope domes that he has started to look like one. Fred has worked at both of
Fred Watson signing copies of his book and Fred with his new book.
Images courtesey of Shaun Amy, more images are available.
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