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Sky and Ocean Joined
By Steven J. Dick

Sky and Ocean Joined

The U. S. Naval Observatory 1830-2000

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Sky and Ocean Joined by Steven J. Dick

Book Awards

  • Winner of Society for History in the Federal Government George Pendleton Prize 2004.

Book Description

As one of the oldest scientific institutions in the United States, the US Naval Observatory has a rich and colourful 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521037501
ISBN-10: 0521037506
Format: Paperback
(247mm x 174mm x 32mm)
Pages: 624
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Steven J. Dick

Steven J. Dick has worked as an astronomer and historian of science at the US Naval Observatory since 1979.

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