Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens
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.
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Pretty good, but has a couple flaws
A interesting and informative read that can be, at times, a bit tedious. Full of colorful detail, its an excellent education on how people had to travel in the 1760s and also how the scientific organizations helped and competed with each other. It's also a great story about life -- sacrifice, perseverance, and dedication. The author is thorough, but can't stop herself from criticizing religion at every turn and from fawning over the ideals of the enlightened scientist. Her points about their personal dedication and international cooperation are valid though. Another criticism I have of this book is the total lack of explanation behind the computations for the mapmonde and the paralax, but I guess I'll have to go somewhere else for that. In the end, I don't regret having invested the time to read it.
Review: Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the HeavensUser Review - Kimberly - Goodreads
One of the most delightful historical accounts I have read. The author describes herself a historical designer. In this desription she dose not disappoint. The book recounts the 18th century race, by ... Read full review
Britain Enters the Race
Day of Transit 6 June 1761
Russia Enters the Race III
The Most Daring Voyage of All
Scandinavia or the Land of the Midnight Sun
A New Dawn
List of Observers 1761