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    Re: suggestion for a satisfactory celnav narrative
    From: Courtney Thomas
    Date: 2005 Jun 1, 09:15 -0500

    Excellent ! Looks like we're about through  :-)
    
    I didn't know about it.
    
    Appreciatively,
    
    Courtney
    
    
    On Tue, 2005-05-31 at 21:04, John Kabel wrote:
    > Just a suggestion.  Why not look at the writeup in Wikipedia on celestial
    > navigation, and then edit as a group.  Anyone can contribute to Wikipedia,
    > and get credit for their work.  Editing is tracked through userids.  I've
    > already made small changes to a number of articles, including those on GPS
    > and weather.
    >
    > Go to http://wikipedia.org for starters, search on Celestial Navigation,
    > and see if you can improve on what's there.  I haven't read the whole
    > thing, but I'm sure you, as a group, could mangle it to suit.  The nice
    > thing about Wikipedia is that one person can change an article, and another
    > can come along five minutes later to add more, correct errors, etc.
    > Malicious entries are reversed within minutes by the user community.
    >
    > John Kabel
    > London, ON  Canada
    >
    > > Thank you Jim.
    > >
    > > First, I plan no project of my own, rather was suggesting that the list have
    > > a coherent description of the process to provide the uninitiated, which
    > > you've already admirably done  :-)
    > >
    > > I'll be in Cape Breton for the summer in a week or two, but
    > > unfortunately have so much to accomplish regarding the moving process, I
    > > won't be able to sail over to PEI this summer. But certainly plan to do so
    > > next summer and hope to call on a stop-over at that time.
    > >
    > > Incidentally, do you have any feel for residential construction costs in the
    > > Nova Scotia area ? We have a house but need a large barn and I'm trying to
    > > get a handle on possibilities.
    > >
    > > Cordially,
    > >
    > > Courtney
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > On Tue, 2005-05-31 at 15:06, Jim Thompson wrote:
    > > > Courtney -- I have been trying something like this (I think) at:
    > > > http://jimthompson.net/boating/CelestialNav/CelestNotes/IntroCN.htm
    > > > If any of that is useful to your project, then let me know.
    > > >
    > > > Jim Thompson
    > > > jim3 at jimthompson dot net
    > > > www.jimthompson.net
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    > > > > -----Original Message-----
    > > > > From: Courtney Thomas
    > > > > As one who has struggled with a plethora of publications that purport to
    > > > > convey the celnav gospel, I'd like to suggest a group project of
    > > > > composing a "minimal" narrative of the essentials of celestial
    > > > > navigation that would at least do the following, though additions are
    > > > > welcomed as the group sees fit, of course, as I'm sure I'm not even
    > > > > sufficiently proficient to provide a satisfactory outline, and therefore
    > > > > only hope to induce the competent to collaborate:
    > > > >
    > > > > Also assuming Godelian proficiency unnecessary :-) and hoping an
    > > > > included bibliography will gratify those whose requirements are
    > > > > unsatisfied by the final group consensus, as well as those merely more
    > > > > curious, I submit the following as starting suggestions:
    > > > >
    > > > > 1-a summary narrative - to fully setout a statement of the problem and
    > > > > it's currently regarded state of the art solution, omitting all math and
    > > > > drawings. This might, for example, omit considerations such as sextants
    > > > > and their use, historical considerations, etc., i.e. adhere only to a
    > > > > conceptual basis, ignoring the procedural, hence avoiding the conflation
    > > > > and inflation of other authors.
    > > > >
    > > > > 2-definitions - only that necessary to familiarize a novice
    > > > > with the terminology
    > > > >
    > > > > 3-math & science axioms & drawings - the plane geometry, trigonometry,
    > > > > astronomy, physics, etc. deemed indispensible, with a suitable
    > > > > bibliography
    > > > >
    > > > > 4-a summary outline - sort of a table of contents writ large, setting
    > > > > out a celnav process
    > > > >
    > > > > 5-for each section in #4, a brief narrative of motivation to textually
    > > > > succeed each topic -  [To maintain reader clarity, for example, for a
    > > > > section on, say, the intercept method, to describe HOW it fits into the
    > > > > overall scheme and WHY it is valid.]
    > > > >
    > > > > 6-a summary with example(s) - a final assembly... embodying the initial
    > > > > summary, described in #1, but utilizing the actual nuts&bolts contained
    > > > > in #s 2 & 3, with nothing more included
    > > > >
    > > > > [Goal Statement: to layout a minimal, though complete, celnav procedure
    > > > > for a novice without omitting unity, while avoiding concision that
    > > > > leaves confusion and wonderment.]
    > > > >
    > > > > -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    > > > >
    > > > > Please leave me out of any debate on the desirability and feasibility.
    > > > > If you think it undesirable or infeasible, ignore this suggestion, else
    > > > > I thank you for your contribution to it's realization, as will all those
    > > > > who follow.
    > > > >
    > > > > Courtney Thomas
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > >
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