Stargazer: the life and times of the telescope

Catalogue Number: 2333
Stargazer: the life and times of the telescope
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Hewett collection
Author: WATSON Fred
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 2004
Time Period: 21st C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: USA
Publisher/Manufacturer: Da Capu Press
Description Of Item: Paperback, 210 x 140 mm, 342 pages, black and white illustrations in text
Historical Significance: This is a well written history of the telescope but inevitably involves the story of the development of optics and the contributions of optician/instrument makers especially since the telescope was invented by opticians. The book is scholarly but written in an easy to read style. For example the back cover gives a tabloid headline for the inventor of the telescope, Hans Lipperhey 'Forty-five year old unmarried father of three with mistress perfects telescope and probes universe'.
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Optometry Museum (from Abe Books)
Date Acquired: Oct 2013
Condition: Good
Location: Nathan Library. Hewett collection

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