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The author writes in this book about the lives and work of astronomers. He spent a year visiting Palomar Mountain in southern California where he ...Show synopsisThe author writes in this book about the lives and work of astronomers. He spent a year visiting Palomar Mountain in southern California where he learned how astronomers explore the infinite deep. Since the Hale Telescope at Palomar opened its shutter to "first light" in 1949, the observatory has been a mecca for generations of astronomers and remains to this day the largest working optical telescope in the world. The book provides portraits of characters as diverse and eccentric as James Gunn, a nearsighted gadgeteer who builds instruments for the Hale Telescope from junk parts and Juan Carrasco a former barber from Texas who is the only person allowed to move the "big eye" across the sky.Hide synopsis
Publisher: NY: Random House (1996). First revised edition.
Description:As New. Dust Jacket Included. Signed by Author(s) First revised...As New. Dust Jacket Included. Signed by Author(s) First revised edition of the book originally published in 1987. 8vo. xvii, 275 pp. SIGNED by Preston on the title page. This is a tight, fine book in a bright, fine DJ.
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Description:Very Good. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall 0349104565 Paperback Paperback...Very Good. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall 0349104565 Paperback Paperback light wear to cover First Light: The Search for the Edge of the Universe Seven years before Richard Preston wrote about horrifying viruses in The Hot Zone, he turned his attention to the cosmos. In First Light, he demonstrates his gift for creating an exciting and absorbing narrative around a complex scientific subject--in this case the efforts by astronomers at the Palomar Observatory in the San Gabriel Mountains of California to peer to the farthest edges of space through the Hale Telescope, attempting to solve the riddle of the creation of the universe. (We carry a wide selection of titles in The Arts, Theology, History, Politics, Social and Physical Sciences. academic and scholarly books and Modern First Editions etc. )
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