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    Re: Maskelyne on chronometers vs. lunars
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2008 Aug 6, 15:59 +0100

    Pazul Hirose led us to a relevant and interesting paper-
    | In November 1911, The Observatory published an old letter from Nevil
    | Maskelyne in which he describes an hour of answering questions before
    | the House of Commons. The subject was Harrison's chronometer versus the
    | lunar distance method.
    | http://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1911Obs....34..391.
    However, It was rather hard to find my way from that first webpage, which
    indexes a whole year of "The Observatory", and some tips may be helpful.
    The first page you reach is split into three panes, each with its own
    scrollbar, and you need to go to the upper right pane, scrolling down as
    necessary, to find "other article options", and click on it. That takes you
    to a page where you can click on "thumbnails", and that throws up a pageful
    of a hundred-and-odd little thumbnail images of pages from the journal, but
    that doesn't take you far enough in; the Maskelyne letter of interest being
    on pages 394 to 396. So you need to click on "next set of page thumbnails",
    and so on, until you get to the wanted set of pages. Then scan down to click
    on page 394. There may be simpler ways to get there, but I haven't found
    And indeed, when you get there, it's illuminating reading. It completely
    demolishes Sobel's contention that Maskelyne showed overt hostility to the
    chronometer method, and to Harrison. In his testimony in responding to
    questions (taking his own account of it at face vale, anyway), he comes
    across as scrupulously fair; indeed, more than fair, in avoiding any
    criticism of Harrison and his watch, and showing its performance, in the
    Barbados trial, in the most favourable light. Well worth reading.
    contact George Huxtable at george---.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
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