Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Andrea Wulf

Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: May 2012
ISBN: 9780307958617
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)

Buy ePub

List price:
$13.99
Our price:
$11.99

You save: $2.00 (14%)
GET THIS EBOOK
FOR FREE!
Join our Facebook sweepstake, share and
get 10 likes. Winners
get notified in 24H!

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 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.
Chasing Venus 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.

Please sign in to review this product.
Devices:
Chasing Venus ePub (Adobe DRM) can be read on any device that can open ePub (Adobe DRM) files.

File Size:
13657 Kb
Language:
ENG
Copy From Text:
Disabled.
Printing:
Disabled.
Other books by Andrea Wulf
Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Andrea Wulf
Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens
Andrea Wulf
Cornerstone Digital, December 2012
ISBN: 9780434021086
Format: ePub
List Price: $11.92 Our price: $9.99
Founding Gardeners ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Andrea Wulf
Founding Gardeners
Andrea Wulf
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, March 2011
ISBN: 9780307269904
Format: ePub
Our price: $14.99
The Founding Gardeners: How the Revolutionary Generation Created an American Eden ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Andrea Wulf
The Founding Gardeners: How the Revolutionary Generation created an American Eden
Andrea Wulf
Cornerstone Digital, February 2011
ISBN: 9780099525622
Format: ePub
List Price: $11.92 Our price: $9.99
The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Andrea Wulf
The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession
Andrea Wulf
Cornerstone Digital, January 2011
ISBN: 9780099502371
Format: ePub
List Price: $11.92 Our price: $9.99