A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Paul Bedel
Date: 2015 Aug 11, 07:14 -0700
Rainy day in St-Malo so, I'm back to the keyboard for few minutes.
I wrote my study about the double altitude problem last year to present and discuss the different methods and formulations used to solve this problem. But, I'm not a science historian ! In my paper, I have followed the historical framework given by Charles H. Cotter in his book "A History of Nautical Astronomy" published in 1968. Then I have added informations found in other french books (Guepratte, Ducom and Caillet for example).
If you want to know more about the history of astro-navigation and nautical astronomy, I advise you to contact Mr Guy Boistel who is doctor in history of sciences at Nantes University (Centre François Viète). He is a specialist in nautical astronomy and had writen articles and books on this subject; his doctoral thesis, writen in 2001, was about Lunars. It is easy to find his website and informations about him ... just type "guy boistel" on Google. I think, Boistel is, in France, the historical reference in nautical astronomy for the 18th and 19th centuries; he knows were are the first-hand informations and the value of those informations.