Thomas Edison, David Baron, Scientist discussed on Let's Talk Pets


Of rival scientific expeditions that came to the American west of you and. Study this rare phenomenon Barron enables us to understand what drew them to the. Eclipse in what this episode tells us about the changing role of science in American. Culture that's a quote from. Paul, Israel author of Edison a life of. Invention we're speaking with the author of American eclipse David baron, nations epic race to catch the shadow of the moon and win the glory of the. World we ended up giving two books. Away we gave one to Alison Vancouver Washington and Judy in, monument. Oregon so enjoy the books. Guys and, again that's called American eclipse and we're speaking with the, author David. Baron do you ever got a couple of questions for? You some maybe a little more. Scientific some maybe not as, much but maybe a little. Silly I don't know Made it clear. That up done Maria I'm. Always asking silly questions I know. I know. It's in, your DNA it is, it is but I wanna know would? You talk about, young Thomas Edison first. Of, all I didn't know Edison actually a young Edison was such a good looking man in your book inside is picture The leverage of the eclipse. To burnish burnishes. Scientific credentials listen on that a little bit well so right so Thomas Edison wasn't eclipse chaser at least he was for, one eclipse in eighteen seventy eight he was just thirty one years old he had just become a global celebrity. Because of his invention, of the phonograph and that's summer he ended up going out to Wyoming out to. The wild west to study a total eclipse with a bunch of astronomers. And this was a time when Edison who later in life was quite adamant that he was not a scientist he was an inventor but the the young Edison wanted the respective. Scientists and he wanted to. Do astronomy. So he he invented a device. That no. One's ever, heard of today it, was called the Dimitur and it was? A really sensitive, heat detector basically sensitive. Electric, thermometer that he was going to use to study the the this aura around the Eclipsed sun called the solar corona to see. If it gave off heat as well as light and it was Edison's attempt to show that he was really. A scientist you also, talk about James Craig Watson professional bragging rights for new planets and asteroids I mean. Some people, may think like back in that time of eighteen seventy eight. Like what did these people actually know back in the eighteen hundreds but did they know quite a bit or this is all you know what planets and asteroids where they Right so I mean these were very smart people, but working at a time when we knew a lot less and they were still just trying to figure out how many planets were in the solar. System and back in eighteen seventy eight there was good. Reason, to believe that mercury was not the closest planet to the sun and there was so a lot. Of astronomers. Thought that there, was another. Planet and they called it Volkan customer anyone who watched Star Trek before Vulcan showed up on Star Trek it actually was thought to be a real planet but no one had ever seen it because it was so close to the. Sun was thought you couldn't see it in the daytime and you would. It would never be up in, the, sky, at night well in eighteen seventy eight. During the, total eclipse when the moon Baloch the bright sun for three minutes this. Astronomer you mentioned James Craig Watson he was determined to find the, planet Vulcan and the big headline out of the eclipse of eighteen seventy eight? Was that he found Vulcan Which of course we don't was wrong but at the time people didn't know it was wrong and. They thought, that this planet, actually existed. Amazing actually after people on Facebook live that's watching this right now and listening to us on there you could see Zach doing the Vulcan What is that recall that live long and prosper I. Can't even do that with my fingers Rubber bands I do, I need the rubber bands because. If I tried doing it and it's close to. My nose it looks at me totally lobsters So And I wanted to ask you to about Maria Mitchell is then that's also she actually aimed to use the event to show what women could do in, science I guess, women? Right not that prevalent, then? Right and, so, yeah her name was spelled, Maria but it actually was pronounced Mariah and he was she was by far the most famous female scientists in. America in the nineteenth, century she was an. Astronomer and in eighteen forty, seven she discovered a comet and received a gold medal from the king of Denmark for that in the comic came to be known as miss Mitchell's. Comet and as you can, imagine this was a time when there were very few women who were able to take to become scientists or even get educated assigned. To and she taught at Vassar, college which was an all female college at the, time just abounded and in eighteen seventy. Eight when all these men were planning clips expeditions out to the wild, west she took it upon herself to assemble an. All Female. Eclipse expedition, to Denver to prove that women really could. Be scientists and to get the American public to wake up and it had a really important fact pretty amazing actually way back when when you think about it back in the eighteen hundreds on how, the world was, but? Also I wanted to, say? To when, you, were talking about the path, of this eclipse the total eclipse it's going to go over Nashville right over Nashville which WGN as Bart Walker. In the gang out, there they they run. His actually on three stations, out there in Nashville and so that's kinda cool they're going to be right on top of a two so oh yeah no in fact Nashville going. Really big with it they're, calling it the music city eclipse encouraging tourists to come in Nashville is the largest city fully in the path of the total eclipse. On August twenty first but parts, of Kansas City and St Louis are in the, path of the total eclipse Lincoln Nebraska. Portland Oregon is just outside and again I want to emphasize all of, North America we'll see at least a partial eclipse And so at Atlanta's very close to the total eclipse Portland's very close to the total eclipse Seattle's not too far but the total eclipse is where the real exciting stuff is going to happen and anyone who lives within a reasonable drive of this path of totality, and you mentioned my website American hyphen eclipse dot com if you have a page all about the August twenty. First eclipse including links to a NASA has an, interactive map and you can go on there and see, precisely, where this path goes if you can get yourself into the, path of totality I would. Encourage you to do it because it is a million. Times. More exciting. To, be in the path of the total eclipse. Then to see. The partial eclipse okay David weaken back out of this break this is silly congenital got some questions for you so we're speaking with David baron, the author of American eclipse nations epigraph to catch the shadow of the moon and win the glory. Of, the world we have. Another book, to give away so if you're the second. Call where to call in right now At eight. Four four three zero five. Seventy eight hundred that's eight four. Four three zero five seven eight zero zero you'll speak with Gwen and we'll give you a copy of the book. Compliments of David baron the author American. Eclipse.

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