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    Re: Bauer's book, was Re: Newton and Halley
    From: Scott Owen
    Date: 2007 Nov 24, 00:03 -0600

    Wolfgang K�berer wrote:
    > Robert wrote:
    > "Bauer's book was not intended to be an exhaustive treatise on the history
    > of the development of the sextant. The chapter in question was intended to
    > give the reader a brief historical and contextual overview which would lead
    > into the meat of the book: which is sextant maintenance and repair. If you
    > want a history book, consult the local university or write the damn thing
    > yourself, otherwise don't expect to get this kind of exhaustive information
    > from what was essentially meant to be a practical handbook for practical
    > mariners."
    > Do I get that right: in a book that is meant to inform about sextant
    > maintenance and repair you may include factual errors in the section about
    > the history of the sextants and its forerunners and you are not to be
    > corrected because you are a practical sailor?
    > That seems to be a strange notion as far as historical sciences are
    > concerned.
    > Wolfgang
    The Title of Chapter 1 is "A Short History", SHORT being the operative 
    word.  It was never intended to be a comprehensive historical compendium 
    of the sextant or astronomical navigation.  Only to give the reader a 
    BRIEF historical perspective.  Clearly, you haven't read the chapter or 
    the book.  I was going to respond to Nicholas earlier today but had a 
    social engagement and couldn't get to it. Frankly, I was glad to see 
    Robert stick up for a good book on maintenance and repair of sextants. 
    Fact is I didn't even read chapter 1 when I bought the book as I was 
    more concerned with actual care and maintenance than history. 
    Practically, I don't care about sextant history.  Intellectually, I 
    think it is worth noting and putting facts in perspective. 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.
    Wolfgang and what factual errors are you referring to exactly in his 
    book? [and don't name the one error that Nicholas referred to in his 
    earlier post]
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