Book ID: CBB262477731

The History of Celestial Navigation: Rise of the Royal Observatory and Nautical Almanacs (2020)


Seidelmann, P. Kenneth (Editor)
Hohenkerk, Catherine Y. (Editor)


Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 349
Language: English

This edited volume charts the history of celestial navigation over the course of five centuries. Written by a group of historians and scientists, it analyzes how competing navigation systems, technologies, and institutions emerged and developed, with a focus on the major players in the US and the UK.The history covers the founding of the Royal Observatory; the first printing of a Nautical Almanac; the founding of the US and UK Nautical Almanac Offices; the creation of international standards for reference systems and astronomical constants; and the impact of 20th century technology on the field, among other topics. Additionally, the volume analyzes the present role and status of celestial navigation, particularly with respect to modern radio and satellite navigation systems.With its diverse authorship and nontechnical language, this book will appeal to any reader interested in the history of science, technology, astronomy, and navigation over the ages.

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Authors & Contributors
Grijs, Richard de
Hilster, Nicolàs de
Morfouli, Meropi
Elizabeth Della Zazzera
Lyn Brierley-Jones
Jacob, Andrew P.
Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage
Spontaneous Generations
Royal Historical Society. Transactions
Imago Mundi: A Review of Early Cartography
History of the Human Sciences
History and Technology
Johns Hopkins University Press
Vrije Universiteit te Amsterdam (Netherlands)
University of Iowa
Nautical astronomy
Instruments, navigational
Longitude and latitude
Maritime science
Col. Thomas L. Thurlow
Hückel, Walter
Pauling, Linus Carl
Maury, Matthew Fontaine
Lacaille, Nicolas Louis de
Hahnemann, Christian Friedrich Samuel
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
20th century, early
17th century
20th century
16th century
United States
United Kingdom
South Africa
Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope
United States Naval Observatory

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