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    From: John Huth
    Date: 2009 Jun 1, 11:15 -0400

    Greetings -

    My name is John Huth.   I got the name of this list from David Burch.   

    I'm hoping I can learn a lot from the collective wisdom here.   My background:  I'm a particle physicist, doing experimental work at the Large Hadron Colllider at CERN.   

    My interest in navigation goes back quite some ways - I'd taught myself the classic slide-rule/sextant/chronometer techniques.    My current main interest is in what I call "primitive navigation", and I'm conducting a Freshman Seminar in this, where we test out various techniques, like using the shadow-stick method to find latitude.   We discuss both Polynesian navigation and some of the speculations on Viking navigation.   We also do a bit of what David Burch calls "emergency navigation" - using a wrist watch and equation of time to find longitude.    We do a lot of memorization of things like the coordinates of major navigational stars, EoT, that kind of stuff.

    I hope I can learn from you folks.

    I do have one very specific question.   I'm writing up a chapter on dead reckoning.    There is a quote from Robert Falcon Scott that I'd like to pin down, and I haven't been able to dig it up.    In the 1980's Roland Huntford wrote a book, called "The Last Place on Earth", and also a follow on called "Amundsen and Scott".    The Last Place on Earth appeared in a Masterpiece Theater series.   

    Here's what I'm interested in - during the publication of Scott's diaries, there was a number of excisions, which, presumably were done to increase the heroism of Scott.   In the last episode of the Masterpiece Theater series, there is a line by a character that I assume was supposed to be Sir Clements Markham, where he proposed to remove a phrase like "We should have kept the bearings of our outward camps" ..... or something like that.   I'd actually quoted that to my students, but I realize now that this could have been made up for the series.   I was hoping that someone might know if there existed a listing of the excised passages from Scott's diary, or if someone was aware of this particular quote, before I commit it to print.

    Many thanks for any help you could provide, or perhaps suggestions of who I could contact for this question.


    John Huth

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