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    Re: Dava Sobel
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2006 Apr 28, 09:44 -0400

    George,
    
    Thank you for your very clear explanation of the Scilly Islands
    accident.
    
    > that marvellous book "The Quest for Longitude", ed., William J H Andrewes,
    > by Harvard in '96, which I thoroughly recommend..
    
    Yes, this one I read. Many articles are interesting, indeed.
    
    > four ships piled up on the Scillies in the dark with the loss of 200
    
    Two hudered or two thousand (as Sobel writes)?
    
    > was a failure to know, not his longitude, but his latitude.
    
    This is what I conjectured (when I look at the map
    given in "Illustrated Longitude").
    As I understand they were going to enter the English channel,
    and missed the right place to turn East.
    
    > which led indirectly to the Longitude Act and the Longitude Prize and
    > then to the Nautical Almanac and to Harrison's chronometer.
    
    Do you really think that these things would not be invented without the
    Longitude Act? Maybe 10 years later, at most:-)
    
    > An unlikely tale, indeed.
    
    You really consoled me:-) This hanging story, as told by Sobel, was too
    disturbing... How about the murder of the admiral by a local woman?
    
    > Alex should be aware of the dangers of apoplexy
    > as he continues to read through "Longitude".
    
    That's true. I already returned the book, and you calmed me down about
    the hanging:-)
    
    Alex.
    
    
    

       
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