The Great Arc

The Great Arc

The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named

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Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India, a venture initiated by British army officer William Lambton to measure the earth's surface, and discusses its completion under Lambton's successor, George Everest.

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Scottish historian Keay, who has written three other books about the region, tells the tale of a great endeavor to map 1600 miles of the Great Arc of the Meridian. The project took the entire first half of the 19th century, cost more lives that most contemporary wars, required equations more complex than any in the pre-computer age, ended a long dispute over which mountains were the world's highest, and resulted in Mount Everest being named for a man who never saw it. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

& Taylor

The dramatic tale of the "great arc"--the measure of the meridian, or longitudinal arc--follows the scientists and surveyers as they trudged through jungles and tundra alike beginning in 1802 to mark this important line on the globe. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2000
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780060195182
Branch Call Number: 526.1 KEA
Characteristics: xxi, 182 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm


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