Journals Higher Education



Published: 29 December 2012

256 Pages | 48 b/w illustrations

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199668403

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Nicolas-Louis De La Caille, Astronomer and Geodesist


Ian Stewart Glass

  • The most comprehensive biography of La Caille so far written, published 250 years after his death
  • La Caille was the first real astronomer and the first geodesist to work in the southern hemisphere, and provided the data needed by the great French mathematicians Maupertuis, d'Alembert and Clairaut in their studies of planetary motions
  • His other achievements include surveying the southern sky and defining many of the present constellations, as well as improving the safety of sea travel by making practical the Lunar method for finding longitudes

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