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The Invisible Universe: The Story of Radio Astronomy

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Hidden from human view, accessible only to sensitive receivers attached to huge radio telescopes, giant versions of backyard satellite dishes, the invisible universe beyond our senses continues to fascinate and intrigue our imaginations. We cannot really comprehend what it means to say that a galaxy is exploding, yet that is the nature of some of the distant radio sources ...more
Hardcover, 156 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Springer (first published January 1974)
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There were too many typos for a book so expensive.

As far as the actual content - I liked that the author had so many personal anecdotes about his participation in the beginnings of radio astronomy.

He wandered into silliness when he tackled the Drake equation and spent far too many pages on it. The thing that disappointed me the most was the descriptions and pictures of the discoveries of the radio telescopes wasn't accompanied by pictures of the telescope that made the discovery. In the appendi
It was a slow progress through this one, but so good! This book talks mostly about the short history of radio astronomy. But since its history is so short, around 55 years perhaps, the author has lived through almost the entirety of it. He intersperses his own personal experience of the history into the narrative. I came away from this book wondering why we don't teach hard sciences through the lense of history more often.
learned a lot of radio astronomy from this book
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