Cosmic Odyssey: How Intrepid Astronomers at Palomar Observatory Changed Our View of the Universe

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MIT Press
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6.9 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 2.1 pounds

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About the Author

Linda Schweizer holds a PhD in astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley. She has observed at many observatories, published in astronomical journals, and taught science writing and was a Visiting Scholar at the California Institute of Technology, all while raising four daughters.


"In Cosmic Odyssey, Linda Schweizer has perfectly encapsulated its rich history and astonishing discoveries in a book which will thrill astronomers and engineers alike...While some hardback astronomy publications can be oversized and cumbersome, Schweizer's easy-to-handle hardback takes it from a 'coffee-table flick-through' book to a 'pick up, take anywhere and delve in' title so, during a time when travel is restricted, sit back and allow yourself to be transported to this beautiful art deco observatory and deep into the Universe."
--BBC Sky at Night Magazine

"Linda Schweizer's Cosmic Odyssey is a thrilling account of the cosmological discoveries of the past century that 'pulls back the curtain' on the brilliant, eccentric scientists who achieved those breakthroughs...A comprehensive and gripping achievement, Cosmic Odyssey is destined to be a landmark work on the history of astronomy."
--ForeWord Reviews, STARRED review

"Schweizer is a research astronomer and science writer, and her experience in both disciplines has resulted in an authoritative book covering a wide breadth of topics. Based on hundreds of interviews she conducted over more than a decade, the book provides a unique historical record of 20th- century astronomy at Palomar. Cosmic Odyssey is aimed at the general public, but readers with some background in undergraduate physics will have an easier time with the book."
--Physics Today

"For those unfamiliar with how George Ellery Hale's 200-inch Big Eye Telescope at Palomar observatory forever changed astronomy, Linda Schweizer's recent book will be a revelation...Schweizer offers a very readable and understandable summary of our astronomical progress over the last 75 years as primarily seen through the lens of this one optical observatory. It's not an easy task to offer up such an historical survey to the general public, but Schweizer does it with aplomb."

"The book examines how Palomar--not just its 200-inch telescope but also a 60-inch telescope and two wide-field Schmidt telescopes--played a major role in discoveries from solar system science to cosmology."
--The Space Review

"Schweizer's style is clear, intelligent and informative."
--Popular Science