Catalogue Number: 1979
The invention of the telescope
Sub-Category: Hewett collection
Author: VAN HELDEN, Albert
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 2008
Edition: 2nd printing
Time Period: 21st C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Philadephia
Publisher/Manufacturer: American Philosophical Society
Description Of Item: Quarto size paperback, colour printed stiff card covers, 67 pages, 3 illustrations, index, introduction to the second printing, foreword by Edward Rosen and a section on documents. Originally printed as the Transactions of the American Philosophical Society held at Philadephia for promoting useful knowledge Volume 67, Part 4, 1977.
Historical Significance: The year of publication of this reprint, 2008, was the 400th anniversary of the existence of the telescope. The invention of the telescope depended on the development of the tehniques for producing lenses with suitable optical properties. In part this depended on the development of better optics for spectacles that were devised about 1280 and were improved in optical quality over the next 200 years . That story is told in more detail in the book by Rolf Willach 'The long route to the telescope' (2008) See Cat No 1977.
Location: Nathan Library. Hewett collection