Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Haley Reading Group: Katie Worth’s “Telescope Wars”
[The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2016)]
By Cynthia A. Campbell
Katie Worth’s article “Telescope Wars” focuses on the quest to build larger telescopes. Worth highlights the infighting among three competing groups of astronomers. Ultimately, the article speaks to the dissension among these astronomers that has impeded joint and/or individual success in creating the “grandest” telescope.
Worth’s discussion of financing for the three projects was especially enlightening. At one point, Worth notes that “building all three could cost nearly $4 billion” (270). This point indicates that the groups of astronomers should complete one combined project at a lesser cost, which would prompt federal financing.
After reading Worth’s article, what was one point concerning the rivalry that caught your attention? Why was that point or passage notable to you? Please provide a page number citation.