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Chasing Venus : the race to measure the heavens

Author: Andrea Wulf
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"The author of the highly acclaimed Founding Gardeners now gives us an enlightening chronicle of the first truly international scientific endeavor--the eighteenth-century quest to observe the transit of Venus and measure the solar system. 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,
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Genre/Form: History
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Wulf, Andrea.
Chasing Venus.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
(DLC) 2011049136
(OCoLC)772449962
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrea Wulf
ISBN: 9780307958617 0307958612 9781448108022 1448108020
OCLC Number: 803366883
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (xxvi, 304 pages) : illustrations, maps
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.
Responsibility: Andrea Wulf.
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On a summer's day in June 1761, astronomers all over the world cast their eyes to the sky to witness a rare astronomical event: the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. For the first time,  Read more...

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