holograph Posted April 24, 2011 Share Posted April 24, 2011 I just finished reading the book "Longitude by Wire, Finding North America" by Richard Stachurski, 2009, University of South Carolina Press. It gives an account of the early days of the Coast Survey, when Hassler and Bache were first setting the standards for scientific surveying. Primarily it is the story of the use of the telegraph to find accurate longitudes, and the laying of the transatlantic cable that finally allowed the Survey to determine the longitude of North America relative to Greenwich. Those of you who are interested in the history of surveying and geodesy in the U.S. may be interested in the book. Quote Link to comment
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