The Telescope: Its History, Technology, and Future

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In the four centuries since its invention, the telescope has transformed how humans view the universe and their place in it. But what do most of us know about telescopes themselves - their history, how they work, what they are being used for today, or what the next generation of billion-dollar telescopes will look like? In "The Telescope", Geoff Andersen fills in all the details for us in an accessible, nontechnical way that will appeal to the amateur astronomer and anyone else who has been more than a little curious about this amazing instrument. The book covers every aspect of optical telescopes - from the humblest backyard setup, to state-of-the-art observatories, to the Hubble Space Telescope and spy satellites. Chapters describe the development, design, and operation of telescopes; how observatories are sited, engineered, and built; variations such as solar and liquid-mirror telescopes; and some of the key astronomical discoveries telescopes have made possible. And there are plenty of surprises along the way. We learn, for example, that most of today's professional astronomers never even look through their own telescopes, relying instead on digital imaging, measurement, and analysis - or even remote computer control of a night-shrouded observatory on the other side of the Earth. But, as "The Telescope" explains, these magnificent instruments do more than simply peer into space. They project and receive laser beams - for communicating, mapping, and making detailed observations of the Earth. They also look down at us from spy satellites, providing secret images to intelligence agencies - and, increasingly, giving a curious public access to more pedestrian images. "The Telescope" is the ideal introduction to a fascinating instrument that has taught us so much - but that most of us know so little about.

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"Sets a high standard....The book is at its best when discussing modern telescopes." --Martin Ince, The Times Higher Education Supplement

"As we approach the 400th anniversary of Hans Lippershay's 1608 patent for a refractor telescope, Andersen offers an accessible, nontechnical account of instruments that show us distant objects...There are short but informative discussions of interferometry and advanced telescope techniques." --Science

"A great guide to astronomy's indispensable tool." --Ian Glass, BBC Sky at Night

"A pleasant, lightweight, non-technical, and readable account...Although the book concentrates on the astronomical uses of telescopes, there is an interesting section on their use for surveillance (i.e. as spy cameras)." --C.R. Kitchin, Astronomy Now

"A thorough, up-to-date and largely non- technical account spanning four centuries and including information for amateurs who want to establish their own observatory or even make their own telescope." --Gerry Rising, Buffalo News

"Geoff Andersen does what at first glance seems impossible: justice to the subject...He escorts you through time, from the first telescope to proposed giants like the Overwhelmingly Large Telescope...The book's real gem is Andersen's voice. His knack of writing personal and historical tidbits in a humorous, natural dialog highlights his passion for telescopes... The Telescope provides endless food for thought--even for us professional astronomers." --Monica Bobra, Sky & Telescope

"Andersen's title suggests that this is one of many how-to books about telescopes--not so! His focus is the history of the telescope--the invention that helped spark the Renaissance...Andersen spins an engaging story that can be easily read in one afternoon by any layperson. It is well worth a space on any science buff's shelf." --T.D. Oswalt, Choice

"This popular science book is of interest to anyone who wishes to learn more about astronomy and telescopes. It is well written, fascinating and delightful to read. The principles of telescope design are clearly explained with just enough detail to allow the interested reader to understand the basic concepts." --OPN Optics & Photonics News

"This book not only covers the history of the telescope but, more important, it describes the most recent breakthroughs in optical technology and engineering. It also describes the nature of light in detail, without having the disadvantages of a textbook on physics." --Charles Hughes, Twenty-first Century Science and Technology

"The book covers everything from the history and workings of the very earliest telescopes to the science behind modern techniques such as interferometry. If you have ever wondered why telescopes need to be sited on remote mountain tops, or why they have to be so big, Anderson--who is an expert in telescope design with the US Air Force Academy--will tell you. The level of technical detail should be satisfying enough for even the professional astronomer, but the book is also arranged so that non-experts can happily skip any sections that get too technical without losing track of the narrative." --Physics World

"Although not apparently aimed at the academic market, it would be a worthwhile read for undergraduate students wanting to gain an overview of modern techniques in optical astronomy." --Fred Watson, Observatory Magazine

"Written in a clear and accessible style, most of Andersen's story will be familiar to historians and amateur astronomers, but perhaps it will prove useful for a general reader who is looking for a gentle introduction to more detailed and comprehensive treatments." --W. Patrick McCray, Technology and Culture

"I really enjoyed the great detail put into the book and the sure knowledge of the author--a research physicist who works for the United States Air Force Academy. The book is aimed at those who already know some astronomy, but who yearn to know more about this fascinating field. I . . . recommend it strongly." --David Mannion, Popular Astronomy

Contenuti:

Preface 9
Chapter 1: The naked-eye universe 13
Chapter 2: The development of the telescope 25

Chapter 3: How a telescope works 37
Imaging
Refracting telescopes
Reflecting telescopes

Chapter 4: The perfect telescope 44
Diffraction and the perfect image
Resolution limit

Chapter 5: When good telescopes go bad 53
Aberrations
Field of view
Air turbulence

Chapter 6: Analysing the light 66
Imaging devices--the camera
Spectroscopy
Photometry
Polarimetry

Chapter 7: Interferometry 80
Interference--how light waves combine
Michelson interferometer
Michelson stellar interferometer
Imaging interferometry
Nulling interferometry

Chapter 8: So you want to build an observatory? 95
Making a mirror
Site selection
Mechanical engineering

Chapter 9: The Hubble Space Telescope 109

Chapter 10: Advanced telescope techniques 125
Lightweighting
Active optics
Segmented primaries
Adaptive optics
Laser guide stars

Chapter 11: Laser communications and remote sensing 140
Laser communications
Lidar

Chapter 12: Surveillance 149
Airborne surveillance
Space-based surveillance
Other surveillance methods
Laser weapons

Chapter 13: Non-traditional observatories 162
Liquid mirror telescopes
Solar telescopes
Seeing the invisible
Gravitational wave observatories

Chapter 14: Key discoveries 181
The Solar System and Pluto
Comet Halley
The first exo-solar planet
Milky Way black hole
Hubble Ultra-Deep Field
Hoag's Object

Chapter 15: Future telescopes 197
Wide-field wonders
Another pale blue dot
The big boys
One last word 217

Appendix A: Some mathematical basics 220
Appendix B: Electromagnetic radiation 226
Appendix C: Getting your own telescope 233

Notes 236
Bibliography 240
Index 243

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