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    Re: making your own almanac
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2007 Jan 13, 23:48 -0000

    jsilverberg wrote-
    |
    | I am also trying to decipher what Cotter has to say in his "History
    of
    | Nautical Astronomy".  It seems to me that there are more than a few
    | errors in this book and much that is incompletely explained, but
    | perhaps I just haven't spent enough time studying it.
    
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    response from George-
    
    Cotter is a valuable resource. He had done a lot of reading of old
    documents, and there is much stuff there you won't find elsewhere.
    
    However, I think that in much of it he was quite out of his depth in
    understanding what was going on. As a result, the book is riddled with
    errors. Jan Kalivoda and I, with some help from Herbert Prinz, have
    put together a list of known and suspected errors, comprising several
    pages of text. I think it would help any owner of Cotter's book to
    print it out, slip it between the pages, and mark the dodgy passages.
    
    I am by no means confident that we have caught them all, and if anyone
    discovers or suspects further errors, or thinks we have been mistaken
    about any we report, I request to be informed.
    
    The website listing the errors is at -
    
    www.huxtable.u-net.com/cotter01.htm
    
    George.
    
    contact George Huxtable at george---.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    
    
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