Thomas Edison, David Baron, Scientist discussed on Let's Talk Pets
Hey suspenseful in dramatic account 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 away we gave one to in Vancouver Washington and Judy in monument, Oregon, 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. Clear that up. Maria. I'm always asking silly questions. I know I know it's in your DNA. It is it is in his blood. But I wanna know would you talk about young Thomas, Edison? First of all, I didn't know Edison, actually young. Edison was such a good looking man check your bookings is picture. The leverage of the eclipse to burnish his 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 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 dozens 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 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 Kato right? So I mean, you know, 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 Vulcan cause anyone who watched Star Trek before Volkan 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 Volkan, 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 for people on Facebook live. That's watching us right now in listening to us on there. You could see Zach doing the Vulcan. What does 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 like a totally different thing. Lobsters. So and I wanted to ask you to about Maria Mitchell who's then on that's also she actually aimed to use the event to show what women could do in science. I guess that prevalent then right? And so yeah. Her name was shelled 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 the 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 eclipse 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 effect. Pretty amazing actually way back 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 S part Walker and the gang out there, they run as actually on three stations out there in Nashville, and so that's kind of cool. They're going to be right on top of a two. So oh, yeah. No. In fact, Nashville is going really big with it. They're calling it the music city eclipse and encouraging tourists to come in Nashville is the 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 will 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 eclipses where the real exciting stuff is going to happen and anyone who lives within a reasonable dry. Dr 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 past the total eclipse, then to see the partial eclipse, okay, David we come back out of this break. This silly comes in. I've got some questions for you. So we're speaking with David baron, the author of American eclipse nations EPA grace to catch the shadow of the moon and win the glory of the world, we have another book to give away. So if.