9780307744609-0307744604-Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens

Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens

ISBN-13: 9780307744609
ISBN-10: 0307744604
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Wulf, Andrea
Publication date: 2013
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback 336 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780307744609
ISBN-10: 0307744604
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Wulf, Andrea
Publication date: 2013
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback 336 pages

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Acknowledged authors Wulf, Andrea wrote Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens comprising 336 pages back in 2013. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0307744604 and 9780307744609. Since then Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 0.30 or rent at the marketplace.

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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 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 the remotest corners of the world, only to be thwarted by unpredictable weather and warring armies. Fortunately, transits of Venus occur in pairs; eight years later, they would have another opportunity to succeed.

Chasing Venus brings to life the personalities of the astronomers who embarked upon this complex and essential venture and paints a vivid portrait of the collaborations, the rivalries, and the volatile international politics that hindered them at every turn. Thanks to these scientists, neither our conception of the universe nor the nature of scientific research would ever be the same.

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