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    Re: French Lunar story
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2013 Jan 13, 11:38 -0500

    Wolfgang,
    Thanks for your guide to research.
    I will try to find these things.
    93 Euros for a book seems a bit too much for me, but I will try to see
    what is available on Internet, using the keys you give.
    
    Alex.
    
    > Alex,
    > there is, of course more literature on the "lunar story" in French (and
    > France) than Marguet. An older treatise is: Guyot, Edmond, Histoire de la
    > détermination des longitudes, La-Chaux-de-Fonds 1955, dealing with all
    > methods to determine longitude. It is long out of print but you can buy it
    > on the net for a mere 92,96 Euros (plus postage).
    > Lately Guy Boistel has done a doctoral thesis on "L`astronomie nautique au
    > XVIIIème siècle en France: tables de la lune et longitudes en mer",
    > s.l.,s.d. (probably Lille 2003, Atelier Nationale de Reproduction des
    > Thèses) and published some more articles on that subject. And there is a
    > collection of texts edited by Vincent Jullien: Le calcul des longitudes,
    > Rennes 2002, with contributions by Vincent Jullien, Susanne Débarbat,
    > Francois Bellec, Danielle Fauque, Philippe Despoix, Guy Boistel and some
    > others, the cream of french historians of nautical science.
    > As one can see there is a lively discussion in France with a lot of
    > research being done that isn't recognized abroad. Same with the
    > discussions in Portugal where there is a host of people centered around
    > the Academia de Marinha doing interesting research. But one has to be able
    > to read more than English to be aware of this.
    > By the way: The Dutch have also been very much interested in the longitude
    > problem since the 17th century: Huygens - who tried to construct a marine
    > time keeper himself (without success) - acted as an expert for the Staten
    > General and the OIC to assess the merits of proposals that were sent to
    > these bodies - most of them by cranks and/or not really useful.
    > Same with the Spanish. And the first nautical treatise on the longitude
    > problem was by a Portuguese: Ruy Faleiro, O regimento da altura de
    > Leste-Oeste (ca. 1519), first published by Avelino Texeira da Mota and
    > reedited in 1986.
    >
    > Have fun
    > Wolfgang
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