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    French Bureau of Longitude in 1885
    From: Paul Hirose
    Date: 2016 Sep 28, 12:46 -0700

    The Bureau des Longitudes has been mentioned, and by coincidence I
    noticed this article ("THE OBSERVATORY AT NICE") while browsing the New
    York Times archive:
    Clearly the author (not named) has a low opinion of the Bureau.
    "... since 1848 they have solved a problem in comparison with which the
    squaring of the circle is mere child's play. With a few exceptions each
    of the members of the bureau is individually a scientist of real merit,
    and yet by the addition of these unities the result obtained is zero.
    ... The essential mission of this superannuated institution was to watch
    over the French meridian as an initial meridian and to calculate
    directly the celestial ephemerides for the longitude of Paris. It has
    not even done this ..."
    That is near the end of the article, which is mainly about the
    construction of a new observatory. I wonder how that 95,000 kg floating
    dome turned out.

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