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Title:Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Andrea Wulf
Publisher:Knopf
ISBN:0307700178
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:304
Category:Science, History, Non fiction, Astronomy, History of science

Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens by Andrea Wulf

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens The author of the highly acclaimed i Founding Gardeners i 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 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 they could compile data from many different points of the globe all recorded during the short period of the transit 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 would have another opportunity to succeed i Chasing Venus i brings to life the personalities of the eighteenth century astronomers who embarked upon this complex and essential scientific venture painting a vivid portrait of the collaborations the rivalries and the volatile international politics that hindered them at every turn In the end what they accomplished would change our conception of the universe and would forever alter the nature of scientific research

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