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The Resource Chasing Venus : the race to measure the heavens, Andrea Wulf

Chasing Venus : the race to measure the heavens, Andrea Wulf

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Chasing Venus : the race to measure the heavens
Title
Chasing Venus
Title remainder
the race to measure the heavens
Statement of responsibility
Andrea Wulf
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"On June 6, 1761, the world paused to observe a momentous occasion: the first transit of Venus between the Earth and the sun in more than a century. Through that observation, astronomers could calculate the size of the solar system--but only if the transit could be viewed at the same time from many locations. Overcoming incredible odds and political strife, astronomers from Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Sweden, and the American colonies set up observatories in remote corners of the world only to have their efforts thwarted by unpredictable weather and warring armies. Fortunately, transits of Venus occur in pairs: eight years later, the scientists were given a second chance to get it right. Chasing Venus brings to life this extraordinary endeavor: the personalities of eighteenth-century astronomy, the collaborations, discoveries, personal rivalries, volatile international politics, and the race to be first to measure the distances between the planets"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QB205.A2
LC item number
W85 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Chasing Venus : the race to measure the heavens, Andrea Wulf
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Chasing Venus : the race to measure the heavens, Andrea Wulf
Publication
Note
Includes index
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Contents
The gauntlet -- Transit 1761. Call to action ; The French are first ; Britain enters the race ; To Siberia ; Getting ready for Venus ; Day of transit, 6 June 1761 ; How far to the sun? -- Transit 1769. A second change ; Russia enters the race ; The most daring voyage of all ; Scandinavia or the Land of the Midnight Sun ; The North American continent ; Racing to the four corners of the globe ; Day of transit, 3 June 1769 ; After the transit -- A new dawn -- List of observers, 1761 -- List of observers, 1769
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Dimensions
25 cm.
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Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
xxvi, 304 p.
Isbn
9780307700179
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011049136
Other physical details
ill., maps
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)772449962

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