THE METHOD OF LUNAR DISTANCES AND TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCE

Saul Moskowitz

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Abstract: Man's interaction with his environment and social institutions has been examined in terms of the development of celestial navigation during the 18th century. Clear parallels exist between the formation of the Board of Longitude by the English Parliament in 1714 and of present government agencies for the purpose of supporting scientific and technological research. The contributions of Newton, Euler, Mayer, Halley, Ramsden, Maskelyne, and Bowditch are detained in terms of a specific solution to the Problem of Longitude-that of the Method of Lunar Distances. Original instruments, early navigational treatises, and material from the old encyclopedia of Diderot and Rees form the basis for the analyses presented in this study.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 17, Number 2
Pages: 101 - 121
Cite this article: Moskowitz, Saul, "THE METHOD OF LUNAR DISTANCES AND TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCE", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 17, No. 2, Summer 1970, pp. 101-121.
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