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9788430623211

En busca de Venus / Chasing Venus : The Race to Measure the Heavens

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  • ISBN13:

    9788430623211

  • ISBN10:

    8430623213

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-08-18
  • Publisher: Taurus

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Summary

Un emocionante relato de cómo los científicos ilustrados se unieron para medir las profundidades del universo.

El 6 de junio de 1761 cientos de científicos de países europeos y de las colonias norteamericanas fueron enviados a los rincones más remotos de nuestro planeta para observar el raro encuentro celeste entre la Tierra, Venus y el Sol, que permitiría calcular el tamaño del sistema solar. En busca de Venus narra de manera extraordinaria la vida de los hombres y mujeres que se embarcaron en esta compleja y esencial aventura y nos ofrece un vívido retrato de las colaboraciones, las rivalidades y los acontecimientos políticos que fueron obstaculizando cada paso de la investigación. Un libro rebosante de acción, detalles maravillosos y entusiasmo científico que nos revela el espíritu de la Ilustración y la eterna obsesión del hombre por entender el mundo.

ENGLISH DESCRIPTION

On two days in 1761 and 1769 hundreds of astronomers pointed their telescopes towards the skies to observe a rare astronomical event: the transit of Venus across the face of the sun.

United by this momentous occasion, scientists from around the globe came together to answer the essential question: how can the universe be measured? In Chasing Venus Andrea Wulf paints a vivid portrait of the rivalries, triumphs and misfortunes that befell these men, along with their passion and determination to succeed. This extraordinary book tells their story and how one single event prompted the first international scientific collaboration.

Author Biography

Andrea Wulf (1972) es historiadora y escritora, y da clases en el Royal College of Art. Es autora del bestseller internacional La invención de la naturaleza, conferenciante y colaboradora en prestigiosos medios internacionales.

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