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Wulf, Andrea
Chasing Venus : the race to measure the heavens / Andrea Wulf
Alternate Title Race to measure the heavens
1st Vintage Books ed
New York : Vintage Books, 2013
book jacket
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 4th Floor  QB205.A2 W85 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Geodetic astronomy -- History -- 18th century
Astronomy -- History -- 18th century
Subject Venus (Planet) -- Transit
Physical Description xxiv, 304 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [217]-236) and index
Originally published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, c2012 --t.p. verso
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

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