Tabulating the heavens: Computing the Nautical Almanac in 18th-century England
UNSPECIFIED (2003) Tabulating the heavens: Computing the Nautical Almanac in 18th-century England. IEEE ANNALS OF THE HISTORY OF COMPUTING, 25 (3). pp. 48-61. ISSN 1058-6180Full text not available from this repository.
The question of how to accurately find longitude at sea was hotly debated in the mid-1700s. This article describes the lunar distance method, promoted by Nevil Maskelyne, the British Astronomer Royal. In 1767, Maskelyne began publishing the Nautical Almanac, which contained astronomical tables prepared by a small network of human computers during the period 1765-1809. This article will describe the computing system Maskelyne created to compute the necessary tables.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Electronic computers. Computer science. Computer software
|Journal or Publication Title:||IEEE ANNALS OF THE HISTORY OF COMPUTING|
|Publisher:||IEEE COMPUTER SOC|
|Number of Pages:||14|
|Page Range:||pp. 48-61|
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