"his failure was epic"

depiction of nearly 20 men on the pitching deck of a ship, crewmen, guards, and five fancily dressed gentlemen, all focusing on a huge wooden telescope suspended and supported by ropes. One man is taking notes, while another prepares to look through the telescope. Woodcut of Guillaume Le Gentil's attempted shipboard observation of the 1761 transit of Venus

Great question and answers in storybored's Ask Metafilter post "Who are some lesser known scientists who failed heroically?"

03/11/23
by taz

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