n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - The Jewel on the Mountaintop: Fifty years of the European Southern Observatory, Claus Madsen : book review

Volume 72, Issue 3_4
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



Claus Madsen, who is from Denmark, joined the European Southern Observatory in 1980 to assist with the production of their Sky Atlas. He soon moved on to the essential field of public relations and outreach activities. More recently he has been involved in handling ESO's international relations. He is one of their longest-serving employees and has had an insider's view of its development over the past thirty years. I found the book well written and fascinating. It is a tale of how every kind of obstacle can be overcome in the pursuit of science, whether in the minds of people, in international relations or in the difficulties associated with remote sites.

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