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    Re: Longitude Books
    From: Bruce Stark
    Date: 2001 Feb 15, 4:58 PM

    A lot depends on what you'll be satisfied with. Some of the books written in
    the twentieth century are quite good, and give an excellent overview. But if
    you want to know how navigators from Captain Cook's time up to the middle of
    the nineteenth century saw things, and did things, you'll have to read the
    old navigation manuals. Perhaps a librarian can help you find a pre-1880
    Bowditch, Norie, or some such.
    I've been using the current interest in Lewis & Clark's astronomical
    observations as an excuse to write papers for The Navigation Foundation's
    Navigator's Newsletter explaining how the old navigators thought about and
    dealt with the time-longitude problem, and to demonstrate how they worked
    their observations. Their way of thinking and doing things was logical and
    elegant, but virtually incomprehensible in terms of twentieth century ideas.
    It's a lost world. Great fun to explore.
    The Navigator's Newsletter has also published excellent articles by other
    writers on similar subjects. The Navigation Foundation is a nonprofit, no
    advertising, strictly volunteer-run organization founded by Admiral Thomas E.
    Davies and other retired navy officers for the purpose of keeping celestial
    navigation alive. The web sight can be found at:
    Bruce Stark

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