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    Re: Is Navigation mailing list finished?
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2006 Jul 9, 14:10 -0500

    Guy Schwartz asked, about Nav-l-
    
    "Tried sending a message and it was bounced back."
    As for nav-l, wish I knew more about what's happened, and happening.
    
    and-
    "Is there a book that deals with the history of celestial navigation?"
    
    Yes, there are are a few books that deal with the topic of the history 
    of celestial navigation. Or astro-navigation, as it's usually referred 
    to this side of the Atlantic. All that I know of are by British 
    authors, post-war, but not very recent, and all out of print. There 
    are others, in other languages, that I can't evaluate. If anyone can 
    suggest any American texts, that would be of interest.
    
    Best, but with severe reservations, is Charles H Cotter, "History of 
    Nautical Astronomy", 1968. Best, because he isn't shy about getting 
    into the maths. Reservations, because he gets so much wrong 
    (especially in the maths). Secondhand, Cotter is hard to find, 
    nowadays, and getting rather expensive; if you can discover a copy on 
    Abebooks or Amazon at less than �60 ($100, say), you are doing well. 
    If you have a copy, I recommend that it's useful to tuck inside it a 
    list of known and suspected errors, compiled by Jan Kalivoda and me, 
    with help from Herbert Prinz. This can be downloaded from-
     http://www.huxtable.u-net.com/cotter01.htm  It's very likely there 
    are further errors, as yet undiscovered, and if any are found or 
    suspected, I would like to be informed.
    
    Others, which deal with celestial navigation as part of the general 
    history of navigation, are-
    
    W E May, "A history of marine navigation", 1973. Comprehensive, quite 
    well illustrated, but avoids numbers and equations.
    
    J B Hewson, "A history of the practice of navigation", editions from 
    1951 to 1983. Not so well illustrated, and in my view not so 
    authoritative, but pretty reliable.
    
    There are several texts, one by Waters, several by E G R Taylor, which 
    deal with earlier periods in the history of navigation, but which 
    don't get into the 19th century stuff when our modern methods of 
    navigating were formed, so are less relevant to modern mariners. I can 
    list them if anyone wants to know.
    
    It would be interesting to see what books others recommend.
    
    George.
    
    contact George Huxtable at george@huxtable.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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