The Perfect Machine: Building the Palomar Telescope

The Perfect Machine: Building the Palomar Telescope

Almost a half-century after is completion, the 200-inch Palomar telescope remains an unparalleled combination of vast scale and microscope detail. As huge as the Pantheon of Rome and as heavy as the Statue of Liberty, this magnificent instrument is so precisely built that its seventeen-foot mirror was hand-polished to a tolerance of 2/1,000,000 of an inch. The telescope's construction drove some to the brink of madness, made others fearful that mortals might glimpse… (more)

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Publisher: Harper Perennial (August 16, 2011)

Parent ISBN: 9780060926700

Page count: 480 pages

File size: 2.2 MB

Language: English


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