The 1874 transit of Venus expedition to Hawaii

February 8, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Institute for Astronomy Auditorium

How to be Remembered as an Astronomer-- A Lesson in the History of Science: The British 1874 Transit of Venus Expedition to Hawaii as a Case Study
Michael Chauvin

Using the British 1874 transit of Venus expedition to Hawaii to illustrate a number of important points, Michael Chauvin's presentation will focus on four elements of the transit story: 1. the historical chase after the Astronomical Unit; 2. the professionalization of astronomy in 19th-century England; 3. the use of a camera in the 1874 transit proceedings; 4. the difficult job of "reducing the data" from the bewildering numbers that were gotten by various participants.


Event Sponsor
Institute for Astronomy, Mānoa Campus

More Information
Louise Good, 956-9403, good@ifa.hawaii.edu, http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/colloquia/

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