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June 8, 2004 by Eli Maor
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May 11, 2012

really liked it

This is a great overview of the Transit of Venus phenomenon.

It's a slim book and a quick read but it more 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 get back to those other books someday but I highly recommend this one for the quick, clear, and entertaining read that it is.

Best takeaway fact: Edmond Halley, of Halley's comet fame? He basically invented actuarial tables, without which insurance companies wouldn't have been born. Why is that the best takeaway fact? Because it was a recent Jeopardy! answer, which I was able to correctly 'question' because I had read this book!

And really, isn't being right on Jeopardy! the sole reason for learning anything nowadays?

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