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Sky and Ocean Joined, the U.S. Naval Observatory 1830-2000.

DICK, Steven J.

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ISBN 10: 0521815991 / ISBN 13: 9780521815994
Published by Cambridge University Press, (2003)., (Cambridge):, 2003
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8vo. xiii, 609 pp. Illustrations, appendices, index. Gilt-stamped blue cloth, dust-jacket. Burndy bookplate. Fine. ISBN: 0521815991 This volume is a story of the relations between space, time and navigation, from the rise of the chronometer in the U.S. to the Global Positioning System of satellites, for which the Naval Observatory provides the time to a billionth of a second per day. It is a story of the history of technology, in the form of telescopes, lenses, detectors, calculators, clocks and computers over 170 years. It describes how the oldest American scientific institution, which from 1844-1950 was known as the first and only national observatory of the United States, and which under government and military patronage has contributed, through all the vagaries of history, to almost two centuries of unparalleled progress. This book will appeal to historians, technologists, astronomers, meteorologists, physicists.and the curious. Bookseller Inventory # BL3390

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Title: Sky and Ocean Joined, the U.S. Naval ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, (2003)., (Cambridge):

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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This volume is, first and foremost, a story of the relations between space, time and navigation, from the rise of the chronometer in the U.S. to the Global Positioning System of satellites, for which the Naval Observatory provides the time to a billionth of a second per day. It is a story of the history of technology, in the form of telescopes, lenses, detectors, calculators, clocks and computers over 170 years. It describes how one scientific institution under government and military patronage has contributed, through all the vagaries of history, to almost two centuries of unparalleled progress in astronomy.

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As one of the oldest scientific institutions in the United States, the U. S. Naval Observatory has a rich and colorful history. Sky and Ocean Joined is essentially a story of the history of technology, in the form of telescopes, lenses, calculators, clocks and computers, over 170 years. It describes how this observatory has contributed to almost two centuries of unparalleled progress in astronomy. This volume will therefore appeal to historians of science and technology, astronomers and general readers interested in Naval history, navigation, timekeeping, positional astronomy, and celestial mechanics.

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