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    Re: Barrie's marvelous book
    From: Francis Upchurch
    Date: 2014 Apr 9, 07:35 -0700

    I agree. Just finished it.(Been available in UK for a few weeks.)
    Real soul food this book. Not much tech but we can get that from here!
    Much more balanced history of the lunar/Maskelyne/Harrison Clock debate than the Sobel book. Also good on French CN/ Nav history which is missing from a lot of the Anglo-American literature. Very good on the philosophy of a happy life, what is good for the soul, and why we all love this CN so much!
    Main problem, he quotes several source books that I have now had to go out and buy! Some nothing to do with CN e.g. "The case for working with your hands" by Matthew Crawford.( Read that too. Very anarchic but explains why I like to build Bygrave and Fuller slide rules and use them to work my CN sights. I think!).
    Great book. Should come with a health warning though. "May ferment impractical and unrealistic dreams!"
    Francis.
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