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    Re: Bauer's book, was Re: Newton and Halley
    From: Michael Daly
    Date: 2007 Nov 24, 01:51 -0500

    Scott Owen wrote:
    
    > I don't think
    > CDR Bauer published anything in his book that he thought or knew to be
    > in error.  Any factual historical errors would have been systemic errors
    > in whatever historical sources he used.
    
    This is entirely true, unfortunately.  Many writers (not necessarily
    "serious" historians) simply repeat the same old saws and "facts" that
    everyone "knows".  Hence the influence that Sobel has on everyone
    assuming that the chronometer is more important than lunars, or that the
    legends about Shovell (hanging a man for disputing the navigators'
    positions, having his ring stolen) etc, are true.
    
    I'm sure that Bauer had no intention of producing errors.  I didn't read
    anything in Nicolas post that suggest he did or that the whole book
    should be condemned.
    
    Mike
    
    
    
    
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