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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 DaCapo  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780306820380
Pages/Publication Date 280/2012
Daedalus Item Code 51775
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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 only twice in a century. Anticipation of the event sparked a competition among various nations, each sending their own scientific expeditions to dangerous and far-flung destinations to time the Venus transit and glean the physical dimensions of the solar system, a benchmark that could help refine such navigational puzzles as measuring longitude at sea. Mark Anderson's fast-paced narrative chronicles three such voyages—to the heart of the Arctic, to the New World, and to the Pacific—that risked every mortal peril in a candlelit age.

"A scientific adventure tale in which astronomers risk their lives, traveling the high seas in winter, trekking over ice-bound Siberia and facing deadly diseases.... A lively, fitting tribute to 'mankind's first international "big science" project'."—Kirkus Reviews

 
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