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    Re: Bauer's book, was Re: Newton and Halley
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2007 Nov 30, 05:16 -0800

    On Bauer's book:
    
    > Nicol�s wrote:
    > > Attached you will find a pdf file with the comments I have on the
    > > [Bauer] book.
    
    Let me recall that Bauer's book contains several misleading statements
    and this is not only about history. This was discussed on the old list
    several years ago, when I just joined the list. I tried to test my new
    sextant with the star distances following Bauer's recommendations.
    As the list members immediately pointed to me these recommendations
    contain
    a substantial gap: he gives a table of distances, specially for
    sextant
    testing, but fails to mention that one has to correct for refraction.
    Refraction distorts star distances substantially, even if two stars
    have
    the same altitude.
    
    But in general, I agree that this is a nice book; this was the first
    book
    in English that I read about CelNav.
    
    Alex.
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