An acclaimed new book racing with explorers and scientists to the ends of the earth in 1769 as they chase the planet Venus and unlock great secrets behind the sky. THE DAY THE WORLD DISCOVERED THE SUN tells a "truly excellent" (New Scientist) "scientific adventure tale" (Kirkus) that "vividly recreates the torturous explorations and enthralling discovery of three peripatetic and insatiably curious explorers.” (Publishers Weekly)



THE DAY THE WORLD DISCOVERED THE SUN is a real pleasure to read—blending tales of tenacity and harrowing victories. Mark Anderson’s story ultimately reminds us that the pursuit of knowledge and the drive to understand our place in the universe pervades all ages and transcends history itself.

Peter Eisner, former deputy foreign editor at The Washington Post, author of The Italian Letter & The Freedom Line