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    Re: Looking for a book title
    From: Glendon
    Date: 2003 Sep 25, 11:34 +1000

    ----- Original Message -----
    Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2003 5:56 AM
    Subject: Re: Looking for a book title
    >> There are two other recent geography books that I've been considering and
    > would be interested if others have enjoyed: Andro Linklater's _Measuring
    > America_ and John Keay's _The Great Arc_.
    >  -- Peter
    I have "The Great Arc", a historical account of a 50 year long task to
    measure1600 miles along an arc of a meridian in India in the 1800's. The
    topic is rivetting, but the book is a bit of a slow read. The author is a
    historian and correspondingly spends a lot of time on the personalities and
    clashes between them, and the physical difficulties faced by the surveyors
    in the field. Not as much time as I would have liked on the instruments
    used, the techniques used, and the scientific significance of the
    task....especially the importance of the task to furthering understanding of
    the shape of the earth. Still, a worthwhile read, and I have found myself
    going back to it from time to time
    Lee Martin

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