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The Resource American eclipse : [a nation's epic race to catch the shadow of the moon and win the glory of the world], David Baron, (sound recording)

American eclipse : [a nation's epic race to catch the shadow of the moon and win the glory of the world], David Baron, (sound recording)

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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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American eclipse
Title remainder
[a nation's epic race to catch the shadow of the moon and win the glory of the world]
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David Baron
Title variation
Nation's epic race to catch the shadow of the moon and win the glory of the world
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eng
Summary
On a scorching July afternoon in 1878, at the dawn of the Gilded Age, the moon's shadow descended on the American West, darkening skies from Montana Territory to Texas. This rare celestial event -- a total solar eclipse -- offered a priceless opportunity to solve some of the solar system's most enduring riddles, and it prompted a clutch of enterprising scientists to brave the wild frontier in a grueling race to the Rocky Mountains. Science journalist David Baron, long fascinated by eclipses, re-creates this epic tale of ambition, failure, and glory in a narrative that reveals as much about the historical trajectory of a striving young nation as it does about those scant three minutes when the blue sky blackened and stars appeared in mid-afternoon. American Eclipse animates the fierce jockeying that came to dominate late nineteenth-century American astronomy, revealing 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
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1964-
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Baron, David
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523.7/80973
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LC call number
Q127.U6
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B2755 2017ab
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other
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Read by Jonathan Yen
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Yen, Jonathan
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  • Watson, James C.
  • Mitchell, Maria
  • Edison, Thomas A.
  • Science
  • Science
  • United States
  • Eclipses
  • Astronomy
  • Astronomy
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adult
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American eclipse : [a nation's epic race to catch the shadow of the moon and win the glory of the world], David Baron, (sound recording)
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audio disc
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sd
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rdacarrier
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stereophonic
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spoken word
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spw
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rdacontent
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ocn967200839
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4 3/4 in.
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4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
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Unabridged
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7 audio discs (8.5 hr.)
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9781681685779
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mass produced
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plastic with metal
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audio
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rdamedia
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s
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9781681685779
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digital
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digital recording
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sound disc
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1.4m. per second (discs)
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(OCoLC)967200839
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Label
American eclipse : [a nation's epic race to catch the shadow of the moon and win the glory of the world], David Baron, (sound recording)
Publication
Copyright
Note
Title from container
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Carrier category
audio disc
Carrier category code
sd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn967200839
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Edition
Unabridged
Extent
7 audio discs (8.5 hr.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9781681685779
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
mass produced
Kind of material
plastic with metal
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
s
Other control number
9781681685779
Other physical details
digital
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
(OCoLC)967200839
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not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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