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The Day the World Discovered the Sun On June 3, 1769, The Planet Venus Briefly Passed Across The Face Of The Sun In A Cosmic Alignment That Occurs Twice Per Century Anticipation Of The Rare Celestial Event Sparked A Worldwide Competition Among Aspiring Global Superpowers, Each Sending Their Own Scientific Expeditions To Far Flung Destinations To Time The Planet S Trek These Pioneers Used The Venus Transit To Discover The Physical Dimensions Of The Solar System And Refine The Methods Of Discovering Longitude At Sea In This Fast Paced Narrative, Mark Anderson Reveals The Stories Of Three Venus Transit Voyages To The Heart Of The Arctic, The New World, And The Pacific That Risked Every Mortal Peril Of A Candlelit Age With Time Running Out, Each Expedition Struggles To Reach Its Destination A Quest That Races To An Unforgettable Climax On A Momentous Summer Day When The Universe Suddenly Became Much Larger Than Anyone Had Dared To Imagine The Day The World Discovered The Sun Tells An Epic Story Of The Enduring Human Desire To Understand Our Place In The Universe.

10 thoughts on “The Day the World Discovered the Sun

  1. says:

    I don t give 5 star reviews lightly but this book made the cut Drawing heavily on the diaries and available documents of the scientists, the book recounts their adventures as they traveled to remote parts of the globe to chart the two transits of Venus across the sun that occurred in the 1700s The purpose was to discover the dimensions of the solar system by determining the distance from the Earth to the Sun and, as a by product, contribute to the methodology of accurately determining longitud I don t give 5 star reviews lightly but this book made the cut Drawing heavily on the diaries and available documents of the scientists, the book recounts their adventures as they traveled to remote parts of the globe to chart the two transits of Venus across the sun that occurred in the 1700s The purpose was to discover the dimensions of the solar system by determining the distance from the Earth to the Sun and, as a by product, contribute to the methodology of accurately determining longitude at sea The ordeals of just getting to the locations with their cumbersome equipment the tip of Africa, north of Finland, remote Russia and what is ...

  2. says:

    This is a useful addition to the wealth of stories out there that are related to the effort to graph the two transits of Venus in the 1860s The first voyage of Captain Cook with Joseph Banks is well known This book also follows an expedition that ended up in Baja California and another that went to Lapland Inclement weather, rough travel conditions, politics, epidemics, fractious native peoples, and finally, rocky data analysis dogged the project, which was one of the first global big scienc This is a useful addition to the wealth of stories out there that are related to the effort to graph the two transits of Venus in the 1860s The first voyage of Captain Cook with Joseph Banks is well known This book also follows an expedition that ended up in Baja California and another that went to Lapland Inclement weather, rough travel conditions, politics, epidemics, fractious native peo...

  3. says:

    It took me a long time to get through this book I actually read through half way almost a year ago, tried to pick up where I left off, and had to restart from the beginning Partially, it s because of the way this book is structured it tracks multiple simultaneous happenings at any one time, and so it s hard to keep track of what is happening where relative to anything else And , the writing style, while enjoyable and sometimes wonderful, is hard to read through without focus, making this It took me a long time to get through this book I actually read through half way almost a year ago, tried to pick up where I left off, and had to restart from the beginning Partially, it s because of the way this book is structured it tracks multiple simultaneous happenings at any one time, and so it s hard to keep track of what is happening where relative to anything else And , t...

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    The Day the World Discovered the Sun 2012 By Mark Anderson Non Fiction Non Fiction Venus Transit expeditions 1769I m not sure the title does this literature justice It comes off sounding like a cheap Sci Fi juvenile literature rag The truth is this is anything but.Mid eighteenth century, June 3rd, 1769 to be exact, a phenomenon was predicted to occur whereas the planet Venus would navigate across our sun in its entirety On this occasion Venus would do so while also allowing a full obs The Day the World Discovered the Sun 2012 By Mark Anderson Non Fiction Non Fiction Venus Transit expeditions 1769I m not sure the title does this literature justice It comes off sounding like a cheap Sci Fi juvenile literature rag The truth is this is anything but.Mid eighteenth century, June 3rd, 1769 to be exact, a phenomenon was predicted to occur whereas the planet Venus would navigate across our sun in its entirety On this occasion Venus would do so while also allowing a full observation from us here on Earth This event rarely occurs every 100 years orThe latest such event was la...

  5. says:

    For some reason I love learning about the history of scientific advancement This book reads like an adventure novel If anything, in fact, its focus on the hardships of the requisite travel that each team undertook in preparation for the observations was, to me at least, a distraction, albeit a pleasant one, from thepressing questions of scientific progress undertaken by this worldwide collaboration.The idea, presented by Edmund Halley, of Halley s Comet fame, was nothing short of ingenio For some reason I love learning about the history of scientific advancement This book reads like an adventure novel If anything, in fact, its focus on the hardships of the requisite travel that each team undertook in preparation for the observations was, to me at least, a distraction, albeit a pleasant one, from thepressing questions of scientific progress undertaken by this worldwide collaboration.The idea, presented by Edmund Halley, of Halley s Comet fame, was nothing short of ingenious record as accurately as possible the beginning and ending of the transit of Venus across the face of the sun as seen from various vantage points on Earth, and with that data, the distance to the sun could be triangulated For the first time in history, mankind would know the size of the solar system The only problem Venus transits the sun only twice about ...

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    The Day the World Discovered the Sun covers the historical adventures involved in, and the build up surrounding, the 1761 and 1769 transits of Venus It was posited by Edmund Halley that by using these transits it would be possible to calculate the distance between the Earth and Sun to a 98% certainty and so it proved, unfortunately Halley died before the transit occured.The book details, in addition to the myriad far flung voyages to record the transits Vienna, St Petersburg, Mexico, Baja Cal The Day the World Discovered the Sun covers the historical adventures involved in, and the build up surrounding, the 1761 and 1769 transits of Venus It was posited by Edmund Halley that by using these transits it would be possible to calculate the distance between the Earth and Sun to a 98% certainty and so it proved, unfortunately Halley died before the transit occured.The book details, in addition to the myriad far flung voyages to record the transits Vienna, St Petersburg, Mexico, Baja California, Siberia, Paris, arctic circle Norway, South Pacific islands, Barbados, Cape Town, Tierra del Fuego, Copenhagen, Jakarta, Cadiz, Rio de Janeiro the critical leaps in progress made in oceanic navigation, and in astronomical calculations such as the precise distance from ...

  7. says:

    This book details the race to the ends of the earth to catch a glimpse of the Venus transit, which occurs only twice every 150 years It was posited by Edmund Halley that by using this transit it would be possible t...

  8. says:

    This is a wonderful story of adventure, political intrigue andI never realized how important the Transit of Venus was in centuries past, but the book makes me want to learnAnd I m sorry that I didn t know about this in 2012 when the last transite of Venue occurred in this century...

  9. says:

    It was OK The writing was pretty good if a tad overwrought at times The story is a compelling one.The real problem, though, is that it exists in a competitive arena of popular scientific adventure history Roughly 1 3 of this book is about James Cook, Joseph Banks et al They are well documen...

  10. says:

    Very engrossing, this book read like an adventure novel.

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