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Chasing Venus - The Race to Measure the Heavens

Andrea Wulf

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Description:

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 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 remote corners of the world, only to have their efforts thwarted by unpredictable weather and warring armies. Fortunately, transits of Venus occur in pairs: eight years later, the scientists would have another opportunity to succeed. Chasing Venus brings to life the personalities of the eighteenth-century astronomers who embarked upon this complex and essential scientific venture, painting a vivid portrait of the collaborations, the rivalries, and the volatile international politics that hindered them at every turn. In the end, what they accomplished would change our conception of the universe and would forever alter the nature of scientific research.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robin Sachs

Length:

8h 10m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:32


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:41


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:31


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:01


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:56


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:34


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:53


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:31


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:31


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:39


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:07


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:16


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:05


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:17


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:46


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:37


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:44


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:53


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:49


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:15


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:36


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:40


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:15


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:10


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:34


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:55


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:38


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:44


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:41


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:35


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:08


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:04


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:40


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:46


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:25


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:29


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:20


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:32


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:49


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:28


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:24


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:08


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:56


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:18


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:11


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:34


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:41


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:16


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:24


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:33


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:31


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:04


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:41


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:02


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:30


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:23


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:20


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:46


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:17


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:07


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:56


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:12


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:29


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:16


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:13


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:15


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:22


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:19


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:53


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:45


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:49


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:43


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:10


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:44


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:35


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:29


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:31


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:17


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:43


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:41


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:41


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:01


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:01


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:54


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

00:33