The Quest for the True Figure of the Earth: Ideas and Expeditions in Four Centuries of Geodesy

  title={The Quest for the True Figure of the Earth: Ideas and Expeditions in Four Centuries of Geodesy},
  author={Michael Rand Hoare},
  • M. Hoare
  • Published 28 November 2005
  • History
Contents: Author's preface A dispute in the making Prelude to an odyssey Some technicalities The Lapland expedition The Peru expedition Meanwhile in Paris Death and deliverance A grievous aftermath Once more unto the Meridian A modern postscript Appendices Select reading list Index. 
Euler and the Flattening of the Earth
B y the middle of the 17th century, after the round-theworld voyages of Fernão de Magalhães (Ferdinand Magellan), Francis Drake, Ignacio de Loyola, and others, there could no longer be any doubt that
On “Pre-historic” Linear Programming and the Figure of the Earth
  • R. Cottle
  • Mathematics
    J. Optim. Theory Appl.
  • 2017
The present expository note focuses on the method of Boscovich, exploring its interpretation as a variant of the simplex algorithm for linear programming applied to problems of that form.
“To demonstrate the exactness of the instrument”: Mountainside Trials of Precision in Scotland, 1774
Argument The British Astronomer Royal, Nevil Maskelyne, spent four months on a Scottish mountainside in 1774, making observations of zenith stars and coordinating a detailed survey of the size and
Newton's Radii, Maupertuis’ Arc Length, and Voltaire's Giant
Summary Given two arc length measurements along the perimeter of an ellipse—one taken near the long diameter, the other taken anywhere else—how do you find the lengths of major and minor axes? This
Bouguer Redeemed: The Successful 1737-1740 Gravity Experiments on Pichincha and Chimborazo
During the 1735-1745 French Academy of Sciences expedition to Peru, Pierre Bouguer conducted two experiments confirming Newtonian gravitational attraction and estimating the mean density of the
List of Publications on the Economic and Social History of Great Britain and Ireland Published in 2006
(The place of publication is London and the date 2006 unless otherwise stated.)
Sea-Level Science: Understanding Tides, Surges, Tsunamis and Mean Sea-Level Changes
Preface List of acronyms List of symbols 1. Introduction 2. Observations and data reduction 3. Tidal forces 4. Tidal analysis and prediction 5. Tidal dynamics 6. Shallow water and coastal tides 7.
Daily GRACE Water Storage Estimates for Improving Hydrology Models and Forecasting
The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) has created a more than 15 year record of time variable gravity and enabled studies of regional terrestrial water storage (TWS) changes. These and
Systematicity theory meets Socratic scientific realism: the systematic quest for truth
A refined axiological realist meta-hypothesis is articulate, arguing that, in want of a systematic account of science, the authors are prompted to find an end toward which scientific inquiry is directed that is deeper than what systematicity theory offers.
Current Bibliography of the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences, 2007
  • Education, Physics
  • 2007
The history of science in Arabic-Islamic contexts is studied in detail to explore the role of religion, politics, law, economics, and philosophy in the development of science.