Authored by ESO senior advisor Claus Madsen, the present book comprises 576 action-packed pages of ESO history and dramatic stories about the people behind the organisation. This is the ultimate historical account about ESO and its telescopes in the southern hemisphere, but also about a truly remarkable European success story in research. Spanning the range from the first telescopes to the future platforms of the next generation, it shows how the improvement of the telescopes leads to a continuously changing view of the Universe. With 150 photos and illustrations. Produced especially for ESO's 50th anniversary.
Publisher: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH
Number of pages: 600
Weight: 1506 g
Dimensions: 241 x 209 x 41 mm
Indeed, anyone who has had any involvement with, or interest in, the incredible astronomical phoenix that sprang out the ashes of WW II, should get a copy. (The Observatory Magazine, 1 June 2013) Anniversary publications can be overly dry or self-puffing, but this one isn t it s a weighty yet wonderfully written account of the effort to restore the prowess of European astronomy after World War II. (BBC Sky at Night Magazine, 1 February 2013) Rightly, the book is dedicated to the memory of Adriaan Blaauw, ESO s second Director General who initial articles led the author to put together this excellent chronicle. (Astronomy Now, 1 February 2013)