Articles and Publications

"Architecture in the Service of Science"
Text and Photographs by Barry Perlus

In this richly illustrated 9 page article, the author gives a history of the observatories and explains the principles and details of their operation. Includes a section on the panoramic photography used by the author to create this web site.

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"Solar Nexus"

Article by Sharon Tregaskis withphotographs by Barry Perlus.Originally published in the July-August 2003 issueof Cornell Magazine

used by permission

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Links  An outreach project of the Cornell Theory Center featuring interactive 3D environments based in ActiveWorlds. Includes "Skyview" a world with a modern telescope observatory and will soon include "Jaipur" a world with an ancient observatory based on the Jantar Mantar at Jaipur.  Cornell University's Cybertower presents a variety of features by Cornell Professors. Included on the site is a Study Room titled: Jantar Mantar - The Astronomical Observatories of Jai Singh II  by Barry Perlus. It features photos, illustrations, and videos about Jai Singh, the observatories, and the panoramic photography used to create theVR tour.