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Full meridian of glory : perilous adventures in the competition to measure the Earth

Author: Paul Murdin
Publisher: New York ; London : Copernicus Books/Springer, ©2009.
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The Paris Meridian is the name of the line running north-south through the astronomical observatory in Paris. The French government financed the Paris Academy of Sciences to determine and measure this line in the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. It employed both astronomers and geodesists. This book discusses about what they did and why.
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Murdin, Paul.
Full meridian of glory.
New York ; London : Copernicus Books/Springer, ©2009
(DLC) 2008939455
(OCoLC)233934223
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Murdin
ISBN: 9780387755342 0387755349 9780387755335 0387755330
OCLC Number: 314175913
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 187 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
Contents: The Incroyable Pique-nique and the Meridienne Verte.- The Size of France.- Shape of the Earth.- The Meridian and the Sun.- The Revolution and the Meter.- The Paris Meridian in the Napoleonic Wars.- Past its Prime.- The Greenwich and Paris Meridians in the Space Age.- On the Trail of The Da Vinci Code.- Walking the Line: the Arago Memorial.
Responsibility: Paul Murdin.

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