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    Re: New to the list
    From: Greg Rudzinski
    Date: 2009 Jun 1, 21:15 -0700

    Welcome John,
         What I find most interesting about Polynesian navigation was how
    they observed the directional bioluminescent pulses of pounding island
    surf as a homing beacon. This is quite a clever way to use nature to
    On Jun 1, 8:15�am, Apache Runner  wrote:
    > 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.
    > Best,
    > John Huth
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