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by Edwin Danson

eBook Weighing the World: The Quest to Measure the Earth epub
  • ISBN: 0195181697
  • Author: Edwin Danson
  • Genre: Engineering
  • Subcategory: Engineering
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 15, 2005)
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • ePUB size: 1920 kb
  • FB2 size 1113 kb
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Weighing the World is a revealing behind-the-scenes look at the scientific events leading to modern map making written by one of the world's master surveyor.

Weighing the World is a revealing behind-the-scenes look at the scientific events leading to modern map making written by one of the world's master surveyor.

Weighing the World is a revealing behind-the-scenes look at the scientific events leading to modern map making .

Weighing the World is a revealing behind-the-scenes look at the scientific events leading to modern map making, written by one of the world's master surveyors.

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In Weighing the World, master-surveyor and bestselling author Edwin Danson presents the stories of the scientists and scholars who cut their way through jungles, crossed the artic tundra, and braved the world's highest mountains to discover the truth about our Earth. Danson also recounts the extraordinary experiment, conducted on a desolate Scottish peak by Astromer Royal Neville Maskelyne, to understand the so-called "attraction of mountains," the curious capability mountians have to bend gravity, without which it would be impossible to accurately map Earth's surface.

The book takes a virtual field trip across the United States, visiting sites including the Cascadia subduction zone, the San Andreas fault, the Long Valley caldera, the Basin and Range, New Madrid, and Hawaii.

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Edwin Danson was born in 1948 in post-war London By comparison, his follow-up narrative history, Weighing the World: the Quest to Measure the Earth, took just three years.

Edwin Danson was born in 1948 in post-war London. At the age of six, his parents bought a business in a strange village in East Kent and the family moved into a large rambling and rather scary house which had a tendency to move about in stong winds. After a narrow grammar school education he abandoned his chosen veterinary career and joined the Ordnance Survey. By comparison, his follow-up narrative history, Weighing the World: the Quest to Measure the Earth, took just three years.

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At the start of the 18th century there were no maps, anywhere in the world

At the start of the 18th century there were no maps, anywhere in the world  .

Weighing the World is a revealing behind-the-scenes look at the scientific events leading to modern map making, written by one of the world's master surveyors. Edwin Danson, using a similar approach to his earlier best seller, "Drawing the Line: How Mason and Dixon Surveyed the Most Important Border in America" (Wiley, 2000) takes us on a journey telling the story of this experiment that has not been written about in over two hundred years. National jealousies, commercial and political rivalry were the underlying causes for many of the eighteenth century's wars but war also provided the stimulus for much commercial effort and scientific innovation. Armies equipped with the latest weaponry marched about the countryside, led by generals with only the vaguest of maps at their disposal. At the start of the century there were no maps, anywhere in the world. While there were plenty of atlases and sketch maps of countries, regions and districts, with few exceptions they were imperfect renditions in nature. No one knew, with any certainty the shape of the earth or what lay beneath its surface. Was it hollow or was it solid? Were the Andes the highest mountain on the Earth or was it the peak of Tenerife? Was the Earth a perfect sphere or was it slightly squashed as Sir Isaac Newton prophesized? Just how did you accurately measure the planet? The answers to these and other questions about the nature of the Earth, answers we now take for granted, were complete mysteries. Danson presents the stories of the scientists and scholars that had to scale the Andes, cut through tropical forests and how they handled the hardships they faced in the attempt to revolutionize our understanding of the planet.
Comments: (4)
Kriau
Fascinating story of the mathematical quest to establish the size, mass, dimensions of our planet, by pioneers of geophysics. I gave my copy to a friend who loves it.
Kezan
Arrived in better condition than advertised.
Rigiot
The author is clearly an expert in his subjects' fields, so much of his descriptions of their meticulous work might be lost on the reader who, like me, is not a geographer, not an astronomer, and possesses only rudimentary math skills. Even so, I could not put this book down. The drive to measure the world precisely, to figure out where exactly everything is, makes sense, but the actual painstaking process of doing that is something I admit to never having given much thought before, and here it comes across both clearly and compellingly. The wonderful characters who propelled this effort forward are described sparely but precisely; the early deaths of crabby, racist, complex-ridden mathematicians should not feel like tragedy, but in this book they do. And because this book details the actual measuring processes - processes not included in other histories of geography and cartography - it fills a unique niche. I'm very glad I read it.
furious ox
A remarkable book, addictive notwithstanding the huge amount of historical facts that the author displays packed in nearly 280 pages. Every page is full of data for the human struggle for knowledge in the XVIII century. Highly recommendable.
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