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The long way to find longitude

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19:00 – 20:00 5 Apr 2011
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Room 105, Samuel Lindow Building, Westlakes Science Park, West Cumbria, CA24 3JZ

Speakers: Dr Ian Saunders, Lancaster University

Seafarers need a way to determine their longitude at sea or disastrous shipwreck can (and did) occur. The way to find your position on the globe will be traced from the early concepts by Greek astronomers like Ptolemy, via theories by physicists like Newton, to the solution by mathematicians like Laplace and Euler. A parallel and equally vital road goes from the technology of waterclocks and sundials to sextants, chronometers and GPS. As we explore the long and hard path to success in navigation, we see how Newton could be both spectacularly wrong and unexpectedly practical, how Halley could be both foolish and very wise, and how Government nearly always gets it wrong.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: Lancashire and Cumbria branch (West Cumbra sub-branch)
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Email: WestCumbriaIoP@gmail.com

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