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The day the world discovered the sun : an extraordinary story of scientific adventure and the race to track the transit of Venus

Author: Mark Anderson
Publisher: Boston : Da Capo Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Da Capo Press edView all editions and formats
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On June 3, 1769, the planet Venus briefly passed across the face of the sun in a cosmic alignment that occurs twice per century. Anticipation of the rare celestial event sparked a worldwide competition among aspiring global superpowers, each sending their own scientific expeditions to far-flung destinations to time the planet's trek. Anderson reveals the stories of three Venus Transit voyages-- to the heart of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Anderson
ISBN: 9780306820380 0306820382
OCLC Number: 744287690
Description: vii, 280 pages, [4] pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: A star in the sun --
The choicest wonders --
Flying bridges --
The mighty dimensions --
The book and the ship --
Voyage en Californie --
Great expedition --
Some unfrequented part --
A shining band --
Fort Venus --
Behind the sky --
Subjects and discoveries --
Sail to the southward --
Eclipse.
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Publishers Weekly, 3/19/12 "In this exciting tale-part detective story, part history of science-Anderson ("Shakespeare" by Another Name) vividly recreates the torturous explorations and enthralling Read more...

 
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