Books Chasing Venus

  • Autor: Andrea Wulf
  • Editor: Vintage
  • Last data published: 26 February 2013
  • ISBN: 0307744604
  • Format: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
  • Number of page: 336 pages
  • File Size: 25MB
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Description Chasing Venus de Andrea Wulf:

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. Andrea Wulf was born in India and moved to Germany as a child. She lives in London, where she trained as a design historian at the Royal College of Art. She is the author of "The Brother Gardeners," long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2008 and winner of the American Horticultural Society 2010 Book Award, and of "Founding Gardeners"- she is also the coauthor (with Emma Gieben-Gamal) of "This Other Eden: Seven Great Gardens and 300 Years of English History." She has written for "The Sunday Times," "Financial Times," "The Wall Street Journal," and "Los Angeles Times," and she reviews for several newspapers, including "The New York Times," "The Guardian," and "The Times Literary Supplement."

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