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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- ISBN: 9781631490163
- ISBN: 1631490168
- Physical Description: xii, 330 pages : illustrations (some color), maps, color chart ; 25 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, 
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-308) and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:||
Prologue: Shall the sun be darkened -- Reign of shoddy -- Professor of quadruplicity -- Nemesis -- "Petticoat parliament" -- Politics and moonshine -- The wizard in Washington -- Sic transit -- "Good woman that she are" -- Show business -- Among the tribes of uncivilization -- Queen city -- Nature's editor -- Old probabilities -- Favored mortals -- First contact -- Totality -- American genius -- Ghosts -- Shadow and light -- Epilogue: Tendrils of history.
"In vibrant historical detail, American Eclipse animates the fierce jockeying that came to dominate late nineteenth-century American astronomy, bringing to life 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."-- Provided by publisher.
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