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An Acre of Glass : A History and Forecast of the Telescope.


An acre of glass; a history and forecast of the telescope.

Zirker, Jack B.

Johns Hopkins U. Press


343 pages




In this text for general readers, Zirker explains how recent innovations in telescope technology have enabled the construction of giant, ground-based observatories that utilize mirrors up to 100 meters in diameter. He also traces the technology's history and describes how scientists have used telescopes to learn about objects in our own solar system and those in the farthest reaches of space. He concludes with a discussion of some space-based observatories that are scheduled to be launched over the next decade. Zirker is former director of the National Solar Observatory.

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Title Annotation:by Jack B. Zirker
Publication:SciTech Book News
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Mar 1, 2006
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