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    Re: No Lunars Era
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2004 Dec 6, 20:02 EST
    Alex E wrote:
    "1828 Norie does not even mention that there exists
    some "spherical trigonometry". Just cookbook recipes."
     
    But honestly, so what?? The trig is utterly irrelevant as long as the algorithms are correct. Does my computer need to understand spherical trigonometry to perform its calculations?? For that matter, does a navigator need to understand physics to use a refraction table?
     
    And:
    "Yes. This is another argument to support what I am saying. "Professors" did not trust a practical mariner/traveler who was instructed in a "crash course"."
     
    I don't buy that. It's because those professors were not themselves practical navigators. There were PLENTY of people who could have been sent on that expedition who had extensive practical experience with lunars. Hell, they could have sent Nathaniel Bowditch! The failure of the navigation observations on the Lewis & Clark expedition was a travesty, plain and simple.
     
    Frank R
    [ ] Mystic, Connecticut
    [X] Chicago, Illinois
       
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