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The day the world discovered the sun [electronic resource] : an extraordinary story of scientific adventure and the race to track the transit of Venus / Mark Anderson.

By: Anderson, Mark, 1967-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Boston : Da Capo Press, 2012Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed.Description: 1 online resource (vii, 280 p., [4] p. of plates) : ill.ISBN: 9780306821066 (electronic bk.); 0306821060 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Astronomy -- History -- 18th century | Astronomers -- History -- 18th century | Venus (Planet) -- Exploration -- History -- 18th century | Solar activity | Sun -- Early works to 1800 | Sun -- History | Sun -- Observations | Science | Astronomy | SCIENCE / Physics / AstrophysicsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Day the World Discovered the Sun : An Extraordinary Story of 18th-Century Scientific Adventure and the Global Race to Track the TransitDDC classification: 523.01/09 Online resources: Click here to access title or place hold
Contents:
A star in the sun -- The choicest wonders -- Flying bridges -- The mighty dimensions -- The book and the ship -- Voyage en Californie -- Great expedition -- Some unfrequented part -- A shining band -- Fort Venus -- Behind the sky -- Subjects and discoveries -- Sail to the southward -- Eclipse.
Summary: In the tradition of Longitude, a page-turning story of eighteenth-century astronomers racing to find the distance to the sun and the keys to worldwide navigation.
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A star in the sun -- The choicest wonders -- Flying bridges -- The mighty dimensions -- The book and the ship -- Voyage en Californie -- Great expedition -- Some unfrequented part -- A shining band -- Fort Venus -- Behind the sky -- Subjects and discoveries -- Sail to the southward -- Eclipse.

In the tradition of Longitude, a page-turning story of eighteenth-century astronomers racing to find the distance to the sun and the keys to worldwide navigation.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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