n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - The Royal Observatory at the Cape of Good Hope: History and Heritage, I.S. Glass : book review

Volume 74, Issue 9_10
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



The Royal Observatory at the Cape of Good Hope was founded in 1820, and 150 years later became the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO). The author, Ian Glass, professional astronomer and science historian, has been intimately involved with the SAAO for the past 40 years and has now written a delightful and accessible book about this venerable institution. Delightful because it is generously illustrated with many photographs and drawings of the buildings, equipment and people involved. Accessible because the history is presented in a straightforward way, and the science is well explained and easy to grasp.

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