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Transit of Venus: 1631 to the Present

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  5 reviews
A visually spectacular guide to the history, science and significance of Venus’s rare transits across the sun—the perfect companion to the transit on June 5, 2012 (the last one until 2117!)

A transit of Venus is one of the rarest and most historically significant planetary alignments—since the invention of the telescope in 1608, there have been only seven. A must-have for a
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by The Experiment (first published January 1st 2011)
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Adam
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Collection of fun facts regarding discovery and attempted observations of the transit of venus (across the face of the sun). Purpose? Knowing the timing of the transit was thought to reveal the distance between earth and sun thereby allowing for accurate solar system mapping. However, certain engineering physics III related issues in conjunction w/ weather pestilence and sundry hitches rumpled careful plannings for centuries.

Text is about as well written as Cliff Mass' bathroom reader about PacN
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Lynne
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
This was very interesting. In addition to the history of previous transits, the author delves into the evolution of telescopes & astronomy. There are lots of fabulous pictures, including the surface of Venus from the various NASA & Soviet space missions there. It's a great intro to the science involved without overwhelming the reader with equations.
I just wish the author had held off on publication for one more year & included all the new stuff from the transit this June - it was pu
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Joe
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great historical tome and fantastic primer to this "last chance to see event" [for all of us here one Earth: The 2012 Transit of Venus will occur on June 5–6 in 2012...find a telescope somewhere to watch this wonderful spectacle of the heavens.

Nick Lomb chronicles the history of the diligent scientists of the time from the first every transit witnessed in 1639 by Jeremiah Horrocks in England to the Transit of the Space Age in 2004.

The next one after the June 2012 Transit wont be until December
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John
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I found much to enjoy in this little elegantly illustrated book. It's a fine example of historical science writing for a general audience. See my blog review for more.
Andrew
Dec 15, 2012 rated it liked it
A well written & illustrated outline of the various attempts to document the transit of Venus from the time of Horrocks through to 2008
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