The Perfect Machine: Building the Palomar Telescope

4.44 avg rating
( 82 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780060926700: 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 heaven, and transfixed an entire nation. Ronald Florence weaves into his account of the creation of "the perfect machine" a stirring chronicle of the birth of Big Science and a poignant rendering of an America mired in the depression yet reaching for the stars.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Ronald Florence was educated at Berkeley and Harvard. The author of five previous books, he lives with his wife and son on the Connecticut shore, where they raise Cotswold sheep.

Review:

"A superb history by a super writer and historian."-- Allan Sandage "Over to you, Pulitzer Prize Committee."-- Arthur C. Clarke

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Florence, Ronald
Published by PERENNIAL (1995)
ISBN 10: 0060926708 ISBN 13: 9780060926700
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description PERENNIAL, 1995. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780060926700

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.17
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.80
Within United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Ronald Florence
Published by Harper Perennial 1995-09-01, New York, NY (1995)
ISBN 10: 0060926708 ISBN 13: 9780060926700
New paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial 1995-09-01, New York, NY, 1995. paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780060926700

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
13.73
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Florence, Ronald
ISBN 10: 0060926708 ISBN 13: 9780060926700
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 1995. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780060926700

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 7.29
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Florence, Ronald
Published by Perennial (1995)
ISBN 10: 0060926708 ISBN 13: 9780060926700
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Perennial, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. first edition edition. 451 pages. 8.25x5.50x1.25 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # x-0060926708

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
17.38
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.75
Within United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Ronald Florence
Published by Harper Perennial (1995)
ISBN 10: 0060926708 ISBN 13: 9780060926700
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060926708

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
16.30
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 5.07
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Florence, Ronald
Published by Perennial (1995)
ISBN 10: 0060926708 ISBN 13: 9780060926700
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Perennial, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. first edition edition. 451 pages. 8.25x5.50x1.25 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0060926708

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
21.85
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.75
Within United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Florence, Ronald
Published by Harper Perennial (1995)
ISBN 10: 0060926708 ISBN 13: 9780060926700
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 0060926708

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
11.27
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 15.35
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Ronald Florence
Published by Harper Perennial (1995)
ISBN 10: 0060926708 ISBN 13: 9780060926700
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060926708

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
18.38
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 10.75
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Florence, Ronald
Published by Harper Perennial
ISBN 10: 0060926708 ISBN 13: 9780060926700
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0060926708 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # SWATI2132262091

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.47
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 23.02
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Florence, Ronald
Published by Harper Perennial
ISBN 10: 0060926708 ISBN 13: 9780060926700
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Russell Books
(Victoria, BC, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0060926708 Special order direct from the distributor. Bookseller Inventory # ING9780060926700

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
13.05
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 23.03
From Canada to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book