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From Sails to Satellites By J.E.D. Williams

From Sails to Satellites by J.E.D. Williams

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Designed for general readers with a direct interest in navigation, such as amateur sailors and pilots, as well as for readers with an interest in the history of technology and science, this text explores the origin and development of navigational science.

From Sails to Satellites Summary

From Sails to Satellites: Origin and Development of Navigational Science by J.E.D. Williams

Developments in navigational science can be traced from beginnings twenty-three centuries ago when the Greeks tried to calculate latitude to the present when satellite systems can easily pinpoint positions to within millimetres. The history of navigational science offers vivid insights into the areas of human endeavour which have driven it: the need for discoverers such as Columbus to locate and claim distant lands for their sovereigns and paymasters; the need of merchants in a world of expanding horizons and trade for efficient and reliable shipping; the new and urgent needs of rapidly developing air travel where safety demands accurate and quick navigation in very difficult conditions; the deadly needs of the military in targetting missiles and sailing submarines in radio silence. This book is intended for general readers with a direct interest in navigation: amateur sailors and pilots. General readers with an interest in the history of technology and science and the impact of technology on travel, trade, and discovery.

Table of Contents

Introduction. 1: Geography to Magellan. 2: Numerate navigators without science. 3: Three necessary mathematical inventions. 4: A new way of thought. 5: A political history of the longitude. 6: The great pursuit of the longitude. 7: Astronomical navigation with sextant and chronometer. 8: Victoriana. 9: Self-containment. 10: The homing quality of radio. 11: The seeing quality of radio. 12: Radio, Apollonius, and Professor Doppler. 13: The path of minimum time. 14: On the price of annuities. 15: The past and the present in perspective. References. Index

Additional information

GOR002052979
9780198563990
019856399X
From Sails to Satellites: Origin and Development of Navigational Science by J.E.D. Williams
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
1994-04-21
319
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