Plotting the Globe: Stories of Meridians, Parallels, and the International Date Line
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - 235 pages
This book is a collection of stories and myths about geography, navigation, and geodesy-- the science that deals with the Earth's figure and the interrelationship of selected points on its surface-that reaches far beyond dry scientific texts to concentrate on the people behind the discoveries. The knowledge and understanding of abstract notions such as the Prime Meridian, the Equator, and the International Date Line is conveyed through emphasis on the human spirit that motivated the pioneer scientists and sailors. It is a tale littered with heroes and villains, battles, tragedies and international intrigue. Readers will learn of a time when nothing was certain--even the shape and size of the earth were the subjects of fierce competition, conflict, and politics.
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Measuring a Meridian Mark I What Is the Shape of the Earth?
Measuring a Meridian Mark II How Long Is One Meter?
The Prime Meridian
From Hipparchus to Pulkovo
GreenwichThe Ultimate Prime Meridian
Greenwich Goes International
International Date Line Truth or Myth?
The International Date Line and the Millennium
Crossing the Line
Who Did It First?
End of Story