Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens

Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens

Andrea Wulf


On June 6, 1761, the realm paused to watch a momentous get together: the 1st transit of Venus among the Earth and the sunlight in additional than a century. via that statement, astronomers may well calculate the scale of the sun system—but provided that they can bring together info from many alternative issues of the globe, all recorded throughout the brief interval of the transit. Overcoming extraordinary odds and political strife, astronomers from Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Sweden, and the yankee colonies manage observatories within the remotest corners of the realm, merely to be thwarted by means of unpredictable climate and warring armies. thankfully, transits of Venus happen in pairs; 8 years later, they'd have one other chance to succeed.
 
Chasing Venus brings to lifestyles the personalities of the astronomers who embarked upon this complicated and crucial enterprise and paints a brilliant portrait of the collaborations, the rivalries, and the unstable overseas politics that hindered them at each flip. due to those scientists, neither our perception of the universe nor the character of medical examine might ever be the same.

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