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    Re: Longitude Books
    From: Steven Wepster
    Date: 2001 Feb 16, 4:23 AM

    In my opinion JED Williams makes very inspiring reading and I believe
    he has some very sharp and original thoughts. Cotter describes the
    mathematical techniques quite extensively but, speaking as a
    mathematician, sometimes I think there is more to it then he tells
    you.
    
    The Quest for Longitude focuses mainly on the technical
    development of the chronometer (understandable because the symposium
    was organised around the Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific
    Instruments). As a result it underrates the lunar distance method. The
    same can be said of Sobel's Longitude (besides being prejudiced and
    romanticised). Greenwich Time by Derek Howse has more on the lunar
    disances; he also wrote a biography of Maskeline ("Nevil Maskeline:
    The Seaman's Astronomer", Cambridge University Press, 1989).
    
    Many interesting articles in Vistas in Astronomy, especially Vol. 28
    (1985) dedicated to the Longitude Zero symposium that celebrated the
    centenary of the adoption of the Greenwich Meridian.
    
    If you read French this might be ineresting: F Marguet, "Histoire de
    la Longitude a la Mer au XVIIIe siecle, en France", Augustin
    Challamel, Paris 1917.
    
    _Steven.
    

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