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    Re: A Science or an Art
    From: Patrick Goold
    Date: 2010 Dec 9, 21:38 -0500

    I have some sympathy with the sentiment expressed in Brendan�s
    original post but I would not banish the mathematicians.� Or anyone
    else for that matter.
    I am a newbie at this.� Many of the posts to navlist go right over my
    head or, though I see where they are going, make my eyes glaze over.
    I do find it intimidating at times.� But the few times I have mustered
    the temerity to post something, I received courteous and helpful
    responses.� When I asked about how to acquire a sextant and what sort
    I should look for, the number, length, and richness of the responses
    was extraordinary.� (BTW, I bought a used Davis Mark 3 for next to
    nothing and have been using it for several months now.� I think I am
    hooked and I am now looking for the real thing.)
    I do intend to use CN for actual navigation but I am a sailor who is
    fascinated by all things nautical.� �I �see CN as a discipline to
    foster more careful attention to the world around me, as a path to
    more thoughtful seamanship, and as a way to connect with the great
    sailors of the past who developed and relied on these techniques.� I
    am also an historian of 18th Century philosophy. I am always trying to
    enter more deeply into the thought-world of that period.� The 18th
    Century is the heroic age of navigation, surveying, and charting and
    of the design and manufacture of the accouterments of these
    activities.� CN is a model of, and a pregnant metaphor for, its
    philosophical ambitions.
    I am glad for even the most picky, prickly and persnickety of the
    postings on this slightly mad and obsessive list.� Often I am
    laugh-out-loud delighted.
    Thanks to all who post here!
    Charles Olson: "Love the World -- and stay inside it."

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