This is the story of a vision and its pursuit, of imagination, craftsmanship and passion, of men, women and machines, of tools and plans and overcoming defeats. Was it possible to take a census of the universe, its galaxies and its stars, collecting as detailed information as possible. Was it then possible to collect all that information into a data base that would be open to all astronomers! Beyond belief at first, then underway – the Sloan Digital Sky Survey - has changed the way many astronomers work today
It isn’t the easiest book to read, but it is well worth while. I’ve just finished my second reading (one right after the other) and enjoyed both experiences. There is a beautiful website about it. Take a look even if you don’t tackle the book. Its address is: sdss.org
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