Description - Venus in Transit by Eli Maor
On June 8, 2004, Venus will cross the sun's face for the first time since 1882. 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. 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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(216mm x 140mm x mm)
Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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Author Biography - Eli Maor
Eli Maor teaches History of Mathematics at Loyola University in Chicago. He is author of "e: The Story of a Number, Trigonometric Delights," and "To Infinity and Beyond" (all Princeton).