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American eclipse : a nation's epic race to catch the shadow of the moon and win the glory of the world

Author: David Baron
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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On a scorching July afternoon in 1878, at the dawn of the Gilded Age, the moon's shadow descended on the American West, darkening skies from Montana Territory to Texas. This rare celestial event--a total solar eclipse--offered a priceless opportunity to solve some of the solar system's most enduring riddles, and it prompted a clutch of enterprising scientists to brave the wild frontier in a grueling race to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Named Person: James C Watson; Maria Mitchell; Thomas A Edison; Thomas A Edison; Maria Mitchell; James C Watson; James C Watson; Maria Mitchell; Thomas A Edison
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Baron
ISBN: 9781631490163 1631490168
OCLC Number: 959875389
Description: xii, 330 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: Shall the sun be darkened --
Part one. 1876. Reign of shoddy ; Professor of quadruplicity ; Nemesis ; "Petticoat parliament" --
Part two. 1878. Politics and moonshine ; The wizard in Washington ; Sic transit ; "Good woman that she are" ; Show business --
Part three. 1878. Among the tribes of uncivilization ; Queen city ; Nature's editor ; Old probabilities --
Part four. 1878. Favored mortals ; First contact ; Totality ; American genius --
Part five. 1878-1931. Ghosts ; Shadow and light --
Epilogue: Tendrils of history.
Responsibility: David Baron.

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This nineteenth-century celestial drama will enthral readers as a coast-to-coast total solar eclipse plunges America into darkness.  Read more...

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"The author gives a skillful account of the scientific aims of the various teams of eclipse-watchers, from the examination of the solar corona to the more precise calculation of the Moon's orbit." -- Read more...

 
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