New book by Carnegie alum Linda Schweizer explores a century of astronomical discovery at Palomar Observatory

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Monday, January 11, 2021 


Carnegie Alum Linda Schweizer explores newborn galaxies and icy worlds in her new book, Cosmic Odyssey. Odyssey is a behind-the-scenes look at the past century of astronomical discovery at the Palomar Observatory starting with its opening in 1936.

According to Foreward Review’s Kristin Rabe, Cosmic Odyssey is “A comprehensive and gripping achievement [...] destined to be a landmark work on the history of astronomy.” 

Schweizer was a Carnegie Fellow in astronomy at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM), now Earth and Planets Laboratory, from 1981-1983. After stepping outside of academia to raise four daughters with her husband Francois Schweizer, who was also a Staff Scientist at DTM for many years, she turned her attention to science writing.

In 2000, she began working at the Carnegie Observatories’ External Affairs office and later taught science writing at Caltech. In her online bio, Schweizer writes, “The urge to write a book about the process of doing science—which had been germinating for a few years—took root from this experience.”

The book is published through MIT press and can be purchased now through Schweizer’s website.



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