The Resource Chasing Venus : the race to measure the heavens, Andrea Wulf, (electronic resource e-book)

Chasing Venus : the race to measure the heavens, Andrea Wulf, (electronic resource e-book)

Label
Chasing Venus : the race to measure the heavens
Title
Chasing Venus
Title remainder
the race to measure the heavens
Statement of responsibility
Andrea Wulf
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Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "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, 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
  • "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
TLC
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Wulf, Andrea
Dewey number
523.9/2
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Intended audience
SCI004000 SCI034000 HIS051000
LC call number
QB205.A2
LC item number
W85 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Geodetic astronomy
  • Astronomy
  • Venus (Planet)
Target audience
adult
Label
Chasing Venus : the race to measure the heavens, Andrea Wulf, (electronic resource e-book)
Link
https://vaughanpl.overdrive.com/media/320624EE-68BB-4F60-85D1-760ECBA5D06E
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Includes index
  • Electronic book
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Ownership
*
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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Label
Chasing Venus : the race to measure the heavens, Andrea Wulf, (electronic resource e-book)
Link
https://vaughanpl.overdrive.com/media/320624EE-68BB-4F60-85D1-760ECBA5D06E
Publication
Note
  • Includes index
  • Electronic book
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Ownership
*
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System details
  • Requires an reader enabled device
  • Click on link to see the formats available for this title
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