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Latitude

Author: Nicholas Crane.

Latitude

Author: Nicholas Crane.

$26.95 $5.98
Item #: D30870
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 280
Publication Date: 2021
Publisher: Pegasus
ISBN: 9781643137957
In the mid 18th century, a European expedition spent nearly a decade in Ecuador, scaling volcanoes and traversing jungles to establish the true shape of the earth by measuring the length of three degrees latitude at the equator. This intriguing tale from geographer Nicholas Crane clarifies the scientific ramifications of the French Geodesic Mission; they not... More
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In the mid 18th century, a European expedition spent nearly a decade in Ecuador, scaling volcanoes and traversing jungles to establish the true shape of the earth by measuring the length of three degrees latitude at the equator. This intriguing tale from geographer Nicholas Crane clarifies the scientific ramifications of the French Geodesic Mission; they not only revolutionized geography and navigation and established the precursor to the meter, they also learned the sources of rubber and quinine.

"A narrative that often reads like an adventure novel…. A fascinating account of an overlooked scientific endeavor."—Kirkus Reviews


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