The Transit of Venus Enterprise in Victorian Britain

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In nineteenth century, the British Government spent money measuring the distance between the earth and the sun using observations of the transit of Venus. This book presents a narrative of the two Victorian transit programmes. It draws out their cultural significance and explores the nature of 'big science' in late-Victorian Britain.

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'...an engaging and provocative contribution...'
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An "excellent history of the transit of Venus  ... This well-researched volume, which includes 25 pages of notes, judicious use of archives, and an excellent bibliography, takes its place in the considerable literature generated by the last transit."               - Journal of the History of Astronomy  

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