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Sky and Ocean Joined

The US Naval Observatory 1830-2000

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Sky and Ocean Joined by Steven J. Dick
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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. This volume is, first and foremost, a story of the relations between space, time and navigation, from the rise of the chronometer in the United States 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. Sky and Ocean Joined will appeal to historians of science, technology, scientific institutions and American science, as well as astronomers, meteorologists and physicists.

Author Biography

Steven J. Dick has worked as an astronomer and historian of science at the U. S. Naval Observatory since 1979.
Release date NZ
October 24th, 2002
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
31 Tables, unspecified; 212 Halftones, unspecified; 11 Line drawings, unspecified
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
624
Dimensions
170x244x33
ISBN-13
9780521815994
Product ID
1772169

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