Episode 39: Le Gentil and the Transits of Venus

In this episode of Half-Arsed History, discover the life of Guillaume Le Gentil, who was fraught with unbelievably bad luck while attempting to observe the Transits of Venus in 1761 and 1769.

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Image: Martin, Benjamin. The Geography of the Transit of Venus. 1st September 1760. Print. Museum of the History of Science, Oxford, UK.

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