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The telescope : a short history

Author: Richard Dunn; National Maritime Museum (Great Britain)
Publisher: London : National Maritime Museum, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Offering a refreshingly cross-disciplinary approach, this history of the telescope broadens the story of this iconic device to explain the use of the telescope at sea; explore its cultural influences in literature, art, and film; and reveal its everyday uses--from bird watching to spying. Complete with illustrations that visually trace the development of the technology alongside the text, the book discloses  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Dunn; National Maritime Museum (Great Britain)
ISBN: 9781906367046 1906367043
OCLC Number: 276815808
Description: 192 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Contents: Before the telescope --
The birth of the telescope 1608-1700 --
The telescope and the imagination 1608-1700 --
The reflecting telescope 1610-1800 --
Perfecting the refractor 1700-1800 --
Global domination 1720-1900 --
The telescopic view 1720-1900 --
Telescopes, binoculars and modern life --
Modern astronomical telescopes --
Epilogue: looking to the future.
Responsibility: Richard Dunn.

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Offering a refreshingly cross-disciplinary approach, this history of the telescope broadens the story of this iconic device to explain the use of the telescope at sea; explore its cultural influences in literature, art, and film; and reveal its everyday uses--from bird watching to spying. Complete with illustrations that visually trace the development of the technology alongside the text, the book discloses lesser-known stories involving the dangers of termites and some unique uses of a well and a Ford Model T. While more well-known stories of scientific marvels like the Hubble telescope are also covered, this in-depth account deliberately goes beyond the obvious to examine the important development of the telescope as a modest hand-held device and analyze its wider impact on culture and society.

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