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Book
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Edition:
First edition.
Publisher, Date:
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
©2017
Copyright:
©2017
Description:
xii, 330 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Summary:
Documents the efforts of three late-19th-century scientists to observe the rare total solar eclipse of 1878, citing how the respective ambitions of James Craig Watson, Maria Mitchell and Thomas Edison, juxtaposed against the challenges of the Wild West, helped America's early pursuits as a scientific superpower.
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Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [289]-308) and index.
Contents:
Prologue: Shall the sun be darkened -- Part one: 1876. Reign of shoddy -- Professor of quadruplicity -- Nemesis -- "Petticoat parliament" -- Part two: 1878. Politics and moonshine -- The wizard in Washington -- Sic transit -- "Good woman that she are" -- Show business -- Part three: 1878. Among the tribes of uncivilization -- Queen city -- Nature's editor -- Old probabilities -- Part four: 1878. Favored mortals -- First contact -- Totality -- American genius -- Part five: 1878-1931. Ghosts -- Shadow and light -- Epilogue: Tendrils of history.
  
LCCN:
2017009679
ISBN:
9781631490163 (hardcover)
1631490168 (hardcover)
Other Number:
959875389
Control Number:
3521246
  
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