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January 2008
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The Transit of Venus Enterprise in Victorian Britain
Ratcliff, Jessica
In the 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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'"Highly recommended." —Choice

"An engaging and provocative contribution." —Victorian Studies

"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

"Makes for a fascinating cultural history of a Victorian scientific expedition that yields valuable insights into Victorian scientific practice.” —Isis

“Remarkably informed, insightful, and accessible."—Technology and Culture

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Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century
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In the 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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