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Teneriffe, an Astronomer's Experiment: Or, Specialities of a Residence Above the Clouds (Cambridge Library Collection - Astronomy) Paperback – 10 Jun 2010

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (10 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1108014127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1108014120
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,853,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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C. Piazzi Smyth paints a vivid anecdotal picture of the trials and tribulations of life while collecting precise astronomical data from the side of a volcano. Richly descriptive of Tenerife's people, wildlife, breathtaking scenery and geography, this memoir timelessly shows the joys and challenges of scientific research in the field.

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By Dave E on 28 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
An excellent reproduction of Charles Piazzi's experience of his trip to Tenerife over 150 years ago.
This is a great account of his trip, with at times quite flourished and peoetic writing.
I hoped it would contain a bit more detail of his astronomical investigations, so I could really get a sense of what he achieved while he was there, but I found this aspect of the book a little lacking, but I don't think the author would be able to add this now.
The stereo photographs included show how much of a pioneer he was, with photography in its relative infancy at that time.
These really add depth to the story and picture some of the characters who accompanied him to help make the trip the success it undoubtedly was.
The trip took place over 150 years ago, but his book really gave the reader the feel of his expedition as if you were there and sharing the experience of someone who sounded as if he absolutely loved what he did.
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