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    Re: Dava Sobel
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2006 Apr 30, 18:44 +0100

    About the story, in Sobel's "Longitude", of the "hanged seaman", Frank Reed wrote-
    
    | These legends have been around  for a
    | very long time, perhaps from the early 19th century. Sobel certainly  didn't
    | invent any of it.
    
    No, but she quoted that fable as unquestioned fact. That's shoddy, 
    journalistic writing. Anything to spice up a good story, at the
    expense of the known truth.
    
    He added-
    
    |As William F.
    | Buckley put  it: "an exquisitely done narrative of the chronometer".
    
    I wonder how much, if anything, William F Buckley knew about the matter.
    
    George.
    
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    contact George Huxtable at george---.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    
    
    

       
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