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    Re: Physics degrees and navigation
    From: Jean-Philippe Planas
    Date: 2010 Feb 15, 11:30 -0800
    I have been a mechanical/aerospace engineer (with math/physics background) for 29 years.
    JPP



    --- On Sun, 2/14/10, Frank Reed <FrankReed@HistoricalAtlas.com> wrote:

    From: Frank Reed <FrankReed@HistoricalAtlas.com>
    Subject: [NavList] Physics degrees and navigation
    To: NavList@fer3.com
    Date: Sunday, February 14, 2010, 9:09 PM

    I'm taking a poll:
    How many NavList members have degrees in physics or astrophysics?

    I think it's a significant fraction of our active members. There's me, of course. Also, I believe that the following people have all said that they have physics degrees of one sort or another: George Huxtable, John Karl, John Huth, Peter Hakel, Geoffrey Kolbe. How many others? I'm just curious --you won't be put on any list ;-). I suspect that people who have studied physics are a sort of "natural audience" for the mathematical aspects of celestial navigation and positional astronomy.

    While I'm thinking demographics, I remember Luis Soltero during his presentation at Mystic Seaport back in 2006 mentioned that he had the strange feeling that a lot of his customers for his celestial navigation software were dentists (!). Do we have any dentists on NavList??

    -FER


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