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    1906 Bowditch
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2007 Aug 14, 18:55 -0700

    Google Books now has a scan of the 1906 Bowditch in addition to the
    1826 Bowditch.
    They've added a couple of nice features to the interface recently.
    Google Books now offers an option to view the books using "HTML mode"
    which does not require the overhead of PDF files. Also, you can now
    look at the plain text generated by OCR from the scans. Previously
    this was only available "behind the scenes" for searching purposes,
    but now you can view it directly. So for example, I can copy and paste
    these lines from the opening section of the appendix on lunar
    distances from the 1906 Bowditch:
    LTJNAE DISTANCES. [sic -that's OCR]
    By reason of the comparative rapidity of motion of the moon relatively
    to the earth, it occurs that the angular distance, measured from the
    earth, between the moon and a body that occupies a fixed, or nearly
    fixed, position in the celestial sphere, is constantly changing. If,
    therefore, an observer accurately measures with a sextant the angle
    between the moon and one of the various celestial bodies for which the
    lunar distance is tabulated in the Nautical Almanac, this observed
    distance, reduced to true
    distance, affords a means for determining the absolute instant of time
    at which the observation was taken; and from this may be deduced the
    longitude and the chronometer error. "
    For ye Wikipedians, I should add that it is legitimate to copy and
    paste this into Wikipedia articles. It is not under copyright.
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