Giant Telescopes: Astronomical Ambition and the Promise of Technology

Giant Telescopes Astronomical Ambition and the Promise of Technology Every night astronomers use a new generation of giant telescopes at observatories around the world to study phenomena at the forefront of science By focusing on the history of the Gemini Observatory

  • Title: Giant Telescopes: Astronomical Ambition and the Promise of Technology
  • Author: W. Patrick McCray
  • ISBN: 9780674011472
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Every night, astronomers use a new generation of giant telescopes at observatories around the world to study phenomena at the forefront of science By focusing on the history of the Gemini Observatory twin eight metre telescopes located on mountain peaks in Hawaii and Chile Giant Telescopes tells the story behind the planning and construction of modern scientific toolsEvery night, astronomers use a new generation of giant telescopes at observatories around the world to study phenomena at the forefront of science By focusing on the history of the Gemini Observatory twin eight metre telescopes located on mountain peaks in Hawaii and Chile Giant Telescopes tells the story behind the planning and construction of modern scientific tools, offering a detailed view of the technological and political transformation of astronomy in the post war era McCray describes the ambitions and machinations of prominent astronomers, engineers, funding patrons and politicians in their effort to construct a modern facility for cutting edge science and to establish a model for international co operation in the era of megascience Besides exploring how and why scientists embraced the promise and potential of new technologies, McCray considers how these new tools affected what it means to be an astronomer.

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    One thought on “Giant Telescopes: Astronomical Ambition and the Promise of Technology

    1. José Guridi

      Un interesante relato de como GEMINI llegó a existir. Además, hace un buen análisis las implicancias en la comunidad de astrónomos de USA y como se van moldeando las instituciones a medida que el modelo de investigación en astronomía cambia y los observatorios crecen más y más.

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