When they come to model Heaven: big science and the monumental in post-war Britain

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How useful is the archaeology of the present? In this tour de force the author takes an iconic structure o fmodern times - the radio telescope at Jodrell Bank - and reveals the conjuncture of its origins and its subsequent parallel lives in science, war, politics and the imagination. The modern example allows us to get behind the scenes and under the covers - into the mentality of monumentality, as it has probably always been, proxy for the zeitgeist. Sceptics should read on ...

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)774-795
Number of pages22
Issue number325
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010


  • Britain
  • twentieth century
  • monumentality

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