Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens

Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens

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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.

   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… (more)

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In a perfect world “Chasing Venus” would read like a Patrick O’Brian novel with references. Wulf gives it her best shot, but the sprawling narrative defeats her in the end. Even a writer as supple as she is can’t sustain momentum in a story with two climaxes — 1761 and 1769. It’s an impossible structure. There’s a huge cast of characters, each with a tale of his own, and it’s hard for a reader to keep them all straight.

Like a nonfiction National Treasure with myriads of Nicholas Cages darting around—in a good way. Enlightening Enlightenment fare.

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Book Details  


Publisher: Vintage (May 01, 2012)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 224 pages

File size: 13.3 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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