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Zero degrees : geographies of the Prime Meridian

Author: Charles W J Withers
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Space and time on earth are regulated by the Prime Meridian, 0°, which is, by convention, based at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. But the meridian's location in southeast London is not a simple legacy of Britain's imperial past. Before the nineteenth century, more than twenty-five different prime meridians were in use around the world, including Paris, Beijing, Greenwich, Washington, and the location traditional  Read more...
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Withers, Charles W. J.
Zero degrees.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2017
(DLC) 2016040039
(OCoLC)959648554
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Charles W J Withers
ISBN: 9780674978935 0674978935
OCLC Number: 979560282
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (x, 321 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: One line to rule the world --
Geographical confusion. "Absurd vanity" : the world's prime meridians before c.1790 ; Declarations of independence : prime meridians in America, c.1784-1884 --
Global unity? International standards? : metrology and the regulation of space and time, 1787-1884 ; Globalizing space and time : getting to Greenwich, c.1870-1883 ; Greenwich ascendant : Washington 1884 and the politics of science --
Geographical afterlives. Washington's "afterlife" : the Prime Meridian and Universal Time, 1884-1925 ; Ruling space, fixing time.
Responsibility: Charles W.J. Withers.
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Charles Withers explains how the choice of Greenwich to mark 0degree longitude solved problems of global measurement that had engaged geographers, astronomers, and mariners since ancient times. This  Read more...

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