A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Tom Sult
Date: 2014 Jul 31, 13:34 -0500
On Jul 31, 2014, at 13:11, Robin Stuart <NoReply_Stuart@fer3.com> wrote:
Isn't it a bit odd that degrees, minutes and seconds were still being used? I might have expected gradians that were supposedly introduced at the same time as the metric system. Maybe sextants, dip and refraction tables weren't yet available in gradians.
I often think it's a pity that gradians weren't adopted for celestial navigation. No more sexigesimal arithmetic and kilometres instead of nautical miles (1 km = 1/100 grad on the Earth's surface).