Holcomb, Fitz, and Peate: Three 19th Century American Telescope Makers

Роберт П. Мультоуф  Holcomb, Fitz, and Peate: Three 19th Century American Telescope Makers
ISBN:
2000000001222
Мова:
англійська
Рік видання:
2019 р.
Видавництво:
Project Gutenberg
Автор:
Роберт П. Мультоуф
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The telescope was invented about 1600. It was brought to America about a half-century later, and within another century had become a commonplace appurtenance to the library of the cultivated gentleman.

Throughout this period, from Galileo to Herschel, the telescope found use in scientific astronomy, although the possibility of contributing to the science of astronomy by simple observation diminished continuously after the time of Galileo. Herschel’s work had aimed at the advancement of scientific astronomy through increasing spectacularly our powers of vision, just as had that of Galileo in the 17th century and of Hale in the 20th. But even in Herschel’s time the monstrous size of the instrument required made the project something of a national effort. The telescopes of the 18th-century American gentleman were already toys, as far as the astronomer was concerned.

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