Venus in Transit In Venus crossed the sun s face for the first time since Some did not bother to step outside Others planned for years reserving tickets to see the transit in its entirety But even this gro

  • Title: Venus in Transit
  • Author: Eli Maor
  • ISBN: 9780691115894
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 2004, Venus crossed the sun s face for the first time since 1882 Some did not bother to step outside Others planned for years, reserving tickets to see the transit in its entirety But even this group of astronomers and experience seekers were attracted not by scientific purpose but by the event s beauty, rarity, and perhaps after this book history For previous skyIn 2004, Venus crossed the sun s face for the first time since 1882 Some did not bother to step outside Others planned for years, reserving tickets to see the transit in its entirety But even this group of astronomers and experience seekers were attracted not by scientific purpose but by the event s beauty, rarity, and perhaps after this book history For previous sky watchers, though, transits afforded the only chance to determine the all important astronomical unit the mean distance between earth and sun.Eli Maor tells the intriguing tale of the five Venus transits previously observed and the fantastic efforts made to record them This is a story of heroes and cowards, of reputations earned and squandered, all told against a backdrop of phenomenal geopolitical and scientific change.With a novelist s talent for the details that keep readers reading late, Maor tells the stories of how Kepler s misguided theology led him to the laws of planetary motion of obscure Jeremiah Horrocks, who predicted the 1639 transit only to die, at age 22, a day before he was to discuss the event with the only other human known to have seen it of the unfortunate Le Gentil, whose decade of labor was rewarded with obscuring clouds, shipwreck, and the plundering of his estate by relatives who prematurely declared him dead of David Rittenhouse, Father of American Astronomy, who was overcome by the 1769 transit s onset and failed to record its beginning and of Maximilian Hell, whose good name long suffered from the perusal of his transit notes by a color blind critic.Moving beyond individual fates, Maor chronicles how governments participation in the first international scientific effort the observation of the 1761 transit from seventy stations, yielding a surprisingly accurate calculation of the astronomical unit using Edmund Halley s posthumous directions intersected with the Seven Years War, British South Seas expansion, and growing American scientific prominence Throughout, Maor guides readers to the upcoming Venus transits in 2004 and 2012, opportunities to witness a phenomenon seen by no living person and not to be repeated until 2117.

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    1. Excellent and accessible account of the history and basic science of the transit phenomenon, primarily concerning Venus and Mercury that are viewed from Earth, but also touches lightly on transits that might be viewed from other planets, coincidences of transits and eclipses, and the inverse mutual event of occultation I learned about a few notables in astronomy that I did not know about before including one sharing my last name although I came by it only by an adoption a few generations back.Th [...]


    2. This is a great overview of the Transit of Venus phenomenon.It s a slim book and a quick read but it than ably covers the science and history behind the twice every 120 years event I had planned to read at least 3 or 4 books about the Transit of Venus in time for this year s 2012 happening but this one was so concise explaining everything that I got tripped up in the second book with its confusing explanations, so much so that I just put the other books aside until the transit occurred I will g [...]


    3. Meh The target for this very thin and readable book are people who know very little about science history and astronomy, or those who want a refresher The purpose of this book is to create buzz around the 2012 transit.These are both noble and useful goals that the book satisfies incredibly well However, I already knew about the previous transits of Venus, and I read this a year too late to be motivated to watch the 2012 event I did see it online in real time , there was little here to heat the b [...]



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