Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World / Edition 1

Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World / Edition 1

by Larrie D. Ferreiro
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ISBN-10:
0465017231
ISBN-13:
9780465017232
Pub. Date:
05/31/2011
Publisher:
Basic Books

Hardcover

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Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very readable account of the first great bi-national scientific expedition. There is a lot to learn about the hardships and difficulties the French-Spanish team overcame in a decade long effort to establish exactly the length of a degree of latitude at the equator. That said the author seems to claim more lasting significane for the impact of the expedition than the facts seem to warrant. The book have been better if the science and, particularly, the mathematics had been explained in greater detail. The book seems excellent in setting the expedition in the context of its times and in its descriptions of French, Spanish, and Peruvian culture.