American Eclipse

American Eclipse

A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World

Book - 2017
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In vibrant historical detail, 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, in his day a renowned asteroid hunter; Vassar astronomer Maria Mitchell, who fought to demonstrate that science and higher learning were not anathema to femininity; and Thomas Edison, a young inventor and irrepressible showman. With vivid accounts of train robberies and Indian skirmishes, Baron's page-turning drama not only brings to life the mythologized age of the Wild West in a totally unexpected way but forever memorializes an historic eclipse that would come to symbolize American science in its ascendance.-- Adapted from book jacket.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781631490163
Characteristics: xii, 330 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, color chart ; 25 cm


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Aug 19, 2017

Enjoyed this tale of 1878's"Eclipse Fever." Thomas Edison plays a prominent role in the tale. Tragedies occured by people who did not understand what was going on. A fine intro to 2017's eclipse.


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