Nicolas-Louis De La Caille, Astronomer and Geodesist Ian Stewart Glass

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Published: December 13th 2012

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Nicolas-Louis De La Caille, Astronomer and Geodesist  by  Ian Stewart Glass

Nicolas-Louis De La Caille, Astronomer and Geodesist by Ian Stewart Glass
December 13th 2012 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 199 pages | ISBN: | 8.36 Mb

La Caille was one of the observational astronomers and geodesists who followed Newton in developing ideas about celestial mechanics and the shape of the earth. He provided data to the great 18th-century mathematicians involved in understanding theMoreLa Caille was one of the observational astronomers and geodesists who followed Newton in developing ideas about celestial mechanics and the shape of the earth. He provided data to the great 18th-century mathematicians involved in understanding the complex gravitational effects that the heavenly bodies have on one another.Observing from the Cape of Good Hope, he made the first ever telescopic sky survey and gave many of the southern constellations their present-day names.

He measured the paths of the planets and determined their distances by trigonometry. In addition, he made a controversial measurement of the radius of the earth that seemed to prove it was pear-shaped.On a practical level, La Caille developed the method of `Lunars for determining longitudes at sea. He mapped the Cape. As an influential teacher he propagated Newtons theory of universal gravitation at a time when it was only beginning to be accepted on the European continent.This book gives the most comprehensive overview so far available of La Cailles life and work, showing how he interacted with his often difficult colleagues.

It places special emphasis on his life at, and his observations and comments on, the Cape of Good Hope, where he spent the years 1751-53.



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