A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Ed Popko
Date: 2020 Oct 24, 08:35 -0700
Perhaps already reviewed on NavList, I accidently stumbled onto this reference from another direction and ordered the paperback (used but arrived mint).
Full reference is: ISBN: 978-0-691-17599-7 (192 pages) Princeton University - Popular Mathematics/History of Science series.
This book by Glen Van Brummelen emphasizes astronomy and astro-navigation extensively. The contents include:
- Heavenly Mathematics
- Exploring the Sphere (interesting history on the evolution of calculating positions in the sky)
- The Ancient Approach
- The Medieval Approach
- The Modern Approach: Right-Angled Triangels
- The Modern Approach: Oblique Triangles
- Areas, Angles, and Polyhedra
- Stereographic Projection
- Navigating by Starts (includes astronomical triangle, Haversine history, Method of Saint Hilaire, mention of Lunars)
A lovely primer and reference.