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From Backyard to Mountaintop: The Adventures of History's Best Worst Telescope
Alan Hirshfeld
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 1:30 PM
Woman's Club Workshop, 72 Columbus St, Newton Highlands MA

Alan Hirshfeld's presentation at the September PHSNE meeting is From Backyard to Mountaintop: The Adventures of History's Best Worst Telescope. He writes, "The 36-inch reflector of English amateur astronomer Andrew Common made its way from a London backyard to a Yorkshire estate and ultimately to a mountaintop observatory in California. This little-known telescope, built in 1879 and still operational, revolutionized celestial photography and proved to 19th-century astronomers that the future of cosmic discovery lay in the camera, not the human eye."

Hirshfeld is Professor of Physics at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and an Associate of the Harvard College Observatory. He is the author of Parallax: The Race to Measure the Cosmos, The Electric Life of Michael Faraday, Eureka Man: The Life and Legacy of Archimedes, and most recently, Starlight Detectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe. He is a regular book reviewer for the Wall Street Journal and writes and lectures about science history and discovery.

Note that date is 3rd Sunday, later in the month than usual.

~From September snap shots.


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Whitey Morange, PHSNE's President, has established a blog for items of PHSNE interest. In Whitey's words: "I will be posting things in a different way here; less formal, more newsy and personal. I hope it's useful to someone but, if not, at least it keeps me off the streets, right?"

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