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400 Years of Astronomical Telescopes: A Review of History, Science and Technology [With CDROM]

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Description The meeting Astronomical Telescopes: A Review of History, Science and Technology was celebrated the 400th anniversary of Hans Lipperhey's patent application on 25 September 1608 for the 'spy glasses'. It took place at ESA/ESTEC Noordwijk, The Netherlands, through 29 September - 2 October 2008. This title presents the proceedings of the meeting.

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Four hundred years ago, on 25 September 1608, the lens maker Hans Lipperhey from Middelburg in the Netherlands traveled to The Hague to apply for a patent regarding his invention of the "spyglass." The Commander in Chief of the Dutch armed forces, Prince Maurice of Nassau, was quite impressed. However, since the instrument could be easily copied, Lipperhey was not granted the patent. Nevertheless, within a year Galileo Galilei aimed a telescope that he had built based on the principals of Lipperhey's device on the skies, forever changing the way astronomy was done. To celebrate the invention of the telescope and the resulting developments, Leiden Observatory, in cooperation with ESTEC, organized an international meeting on "400 Years of Astronomical Telescopes." The meeting took place from 29 September - 2 October 2008 at the ESTEC conference centre. This book presents the highlights of this meeting under the following categories: History of Optical Telescopes, History of Non-Optical Telescopes, Miscellaneous Aspects and Projects, Fundamental Telescope Technologies, Political and Sociological Aspects, Perspectives for Future Telescopes. The topical reviews have been written by internationally recognized leaders of the field. This book is intended as a first reference to many technical, historical and social aspects concerning astronomical telescopes. It is equally well suited to professional astronomers as to the interested public.


  • ISBN 9048122325
  • ISBN-13 9789048122325
  • Title 400 Years of Astronomical Telescopes: A Review of History, Science and Technology [With CDROM]
  • Format Hardcover
  • Year 2009
  • Pages 515
  • Edition 1st
  • Publisher Springer
  • Dimensions6.2 in. x 1.1 in. x 9.3 in.

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