Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Date of Degree


Document Type


Degree Name



Liberal Studies


Joseph W. Dauben

Subject Categories

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine


Astronomy, Astrophysics, History, History of Science, Technology, Telescope


This thesis examines the evolution of technology in astronomy and how it has impacted our understanding of the universe. It also gives a brief history of the major figures that revolutionized the science through their innovations and discoveries. Technological advancements throughout the last four centuries have allowed for the construction of instruments that can be used to see further into the universe than ever before. Thanks to technology, astronomers can now look beyond the electromagnetic spectrum as the only means of studying the compositions of celestial objects, opening a whole new way in which we can study the universe. We are at an age in which we can stop hypothesizing about the nature of the universe and begin to understand it like never before.