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    Teaching the discovery of the longitude
    From: H Burstyn
    Date: 2011 Mar 15, 01:32 -0700

    At Syracuse University, I teach an online course (spring and summer) titled "Science and technology in the modern world." The first book I assign is Dava Sobel's Longitude. Contrasting the technological solution to the problem of finding longitude (the chronometer) with the scientific solution (lunars) gives me the theme for the course: how much does technology depend on science and how much is it independent? I'm very interested in the National Maritime Museum's research project in the history of the U. K. Board of Longitude, especially since it's directed by the distinguished historian of science, Professor Simon Schaffer.
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