David Baron - 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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As we look ahead to the total solar eclipse on August 21, award-winning former NPR science journalist David Baron takes us back to the one that occurred in the summer of 1878. Baron follows three key figures of American science as they prepared for the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in ninety-nine years. At the time, James Craig Watson was the director of the Ann Arbor Observatory; Maria Mitchell, who had discovered a comet in 1847, was the country’s first professional woman astronomer; and Thomas Edison was hard at work on the light bulb. Baron traces what each of these innovators hoped to find in the eclipse, and richly evokes not just the celestial and terrestrial discoveries of the era, but Gilded Age politics, the still-wild West, and the restless nation’s ever-widening ambitions.

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ISBN: 9781631490163
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - June 6th, 2017

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