The Resource American eclipse : a nation's epic race to catch the shadow of the moon and win the glory of the world, David Baron

American eclipse : a nation's epic race to catch the shadow of the moon and win the glory of the world, David Baron

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American eclipse : a nation's epic race to catch the shadow of the moon and win the glory of the world
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American eclipse
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a nation's epic race to catch the shadow of the moon and win the glory of the world
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David Baron
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eng
Summary
On a scorching July afternoon in 1878, at the dawn of the Gilded Age, the moon's shadow descended on the American West, darkening skies from Montana Territory to Texas. This rare celestial event--a total solar eclipse--offered a priceless opportunity to solve some of the solar system's most enduring riddles, and it prompted a clutch of enterprising scientists to brave the wild frontier in a grueling race to the Rocky Mountains. Science journalist David Baron, long fascinated by eclipses, re-creates this epic tale of ambition, failure, and glory in a narrative that reveals as much about the historical trajectory of a striving young nation as it does about those scant three minutes when the blue sky blackened and stars appeared in mid-afternoon. American Eclipse animates the fierce jockeying that came to dominate late nineteenth-century American astronomy, revealing the challenges faced by three of the most determined eclipse chasers who participated in this adventure. James Craig Watson, virtually forgotten in the twenty-first century, was in his day a renowned asteroid hunter who fantasized about becoming a Gilded Age Galileo. Hauling a telescope, a star chart, and his long-suffering wife out west, Watson believed that he would discover Vulcan, a hypothesized "intra-Mercurial" planet hidden in the sun's brilliance. No less determined was Vassar astronomer Maria Mitchell, who--in an era when women's education came under fierce attack--fought to demonstrate that science and higher learning were not anathema to femininity. Despite obstacles erected by the male-dominated astronomical community, an indifferent government, and careless porters, Mitchell courageously charged west with a contingent of female students intent on observing the transcendent phenomenon for themselves. Finally, Thomas Edison--a young inventor and irrepressible showman--braved the wilderness to prove himself to the scientific community. Armed with his newest invention, the tasimeter, and pursued at each stop by throngs of reporters, Edison sought to leverage the eclipse to cement his place in history. What he learned on the frontier, in fact, would help him illuminate the world
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contains biographical information
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DLC
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1964-
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Baron, David
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523.7/80973
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  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Watson, James C.
  • Mitchell, Maria
  • Edison, Thomas A.
  • Science
  • Science
  • United States
  • Eclipses
  • Astronomy
  • Astronomy
  • Science
  • Science
  • Astronomy
  • Astronomy
  • United States
  • Science
  • Science
  • Astronomy
  • Civilization
  • Eclipses
  • Science
  • United States
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American eclipse : a nation's epic race to catch the shadow of the moon and win the glory of the world, David Baron
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Prologue : shall the sun be darkened -- Part one. 1876. Reign of shoddy -- Professor of quadruplicity -- Nemesis -- "Petticoat parliament" -- Part two. 1878. Politics and moonshine -- The wizard in Washington -- Sic transit -- "Good woman that she are" -- Show business -- Part three. 1878. Among the tribes of uncivilization -- Queen city -- Nature's editor -- Old probabilities -- Part four. 1878. Favored mortals -- First contact -- Totality -- American genius -- Part five. 1878-1931. Ghosts -- Shadow and light -- Epilogue : tendrils of history
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ocn959875389
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25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 330 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781631490163
Lccn
2017009679
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
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  • (OCoLC)959875389
  • in502127649
Label
American eclipse : a nation's epic race to catch the shadow of the moon and win the glory of the world, David Baron
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue : shall the sun be darkened -- Part one. 1876. Reign of shoddy -- Professor of quadruplicity -- Nemesis -- "Petticoat parliament" -- Part two. 1878. Politics and moonshine -- The wizard in Washington -- Sic transit -- "Good woman that she are" -- Show business -- Part three. 1878. Among the tribes of uncivilization -- Queen city -- Nature's editor -- Old probabilities -- Part four. 1878. Favored mortals -- First contact -- Totality -- American genius -- Part five. 1878-1931. Ghosts -- Shadow and light -- Epilogue : tendrils of history
Control code
ocn959875389
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 330 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781631490163
Lccn
2017009679
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)959875389
  • in502127649

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