Historical introduction

  • Raymond N. Wilson
Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)


The history of the telescope for astronomical purposes is certainly one of the most inspiring aspects of the development of science and technology. Many excellent accounts exist as chapters in more general works, in biographies or accounts of specific projects, but only a few books are devoted solely to the historical development. The works of King (1955) [1.1] and Riekher (1957, 1990) [1.2] are notable. The recent second edition of Riekher has been heavily modified and includes excellent new material which partially displaces interesting older material of the first edition. An updating of the work of King would be an enrichment of the subject but, failing that, the author hopes the present work will, with this chapter and with Chapter 5, to some extent fill this gap, at least on the optics side.


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  1. 1.1
    King, H.C., 1955, “The History of the Telescope”, Griffin, LondonGoogle Scholar
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    Riekher, R., 1957, “Fernrohre und ihre Meister”, 1. Aufl., Berlin; 1990, 2. Aufl., Verlag Technik GmbH, BerlinGoogle Scholar
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    Danjon, A., Couder, A., 1935, “Lunettes et Télescopes”, reissued 1983, Blanchard, ParisGoogle Scholar
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    Grant, R., 1852, “History of Physical Astronomy”, H.G. Bohn, London, 514 1.5 Martin, L.C., 1950, “Technical Optics”, Vol. II, Pitman, London, 303Google Scholar
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    Schwarzschild, K., 1905, Abh. der Königl. Ges. der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, Bd. IV (2)Google Scholar
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    Czapski, S., Eppenstein, 0., 1924, “Grundzüge der Theorie der optischen Instrumente”, 3. Aufl., J.A. Barth, Leipzig, 454Google Scholar
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    Wolter, H., 1952, Ann. Phys., 10, 94 and 286Google Scholar
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    Herschel, W., 1800, Phil. Trans. Royal Society, 90, 49CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond N. Wilson
    • 1
  1. 1.Rohrbach/IlmGermany

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