Steven Wepster, "Between Theory and Observations: Tobias Mayer's Explorations of Lunar Motion, 1751-1755"
Publisher: Springer | ISBN: 1441913130 | edition 2009 | PDF | 247 pages | 3,55 mb
This book presents a detailed and rigorous account of the work of Tobias Mayer, a mathematician and astronomer of the middle 18th century. Mayer's most famous contribution is his set of lunar tables, which were the best available in their time. The use of lunar tables was the most sophisticated method to calculate latitude. Because of their accuracy, Mayer's lunar tables became very popular and were used extensively in nautical navigation.
The Seafaring Dictionary: Terms, Idioms and Legends of the Past and Present By David S. T. Blackmore
Publisher: Mc//Farl...and 2009 | 398 Pages | ISBN: 0786442662 | PDF | 6 MBNavigable waters cover almost three-quarters of the surface of our planet, and they have been home to centuries of seafarers who, being isolated from land for extensive periods, developed a specialized language all their own. Their language is a complex mixture of the strange and the familiar, including words taken from many English dialects, coined words, slang words, words used by mariners speaking other tongues, and words developed to identify occupations, titles, equipment, or activities. With its many intricate nuances, navalese can be as esoteric and incomprehensible to the layperson as ancient