About this book
On a summer's day in June 1761, astronomers all over the world cast their eyes to the sky to witness a rare astronomical event: the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. This title presents the story of Enlightenment science, and offers an informative slice of intellectual history with Britain at its centre.
Subtitled, "The Race To Measure The Heavens". The fascinating story of the world's first international scientific collaboration. On a summer's day in 1761, astronomers all over the world cast their eyes to the sky to witness a rare event: the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. The next time this will happen will be in June 2012. From the author of "The Founding Gardeners" and "The Brother Gardeners".