Weighing the World: The Quest to Measure the Earth by Edwin DansonWeighing the World: The Quest to Measure the Earth by Edwin Danson

Weighing the World: The Quest to Measure the Earth

byEdwin Danson

Paperback | May 3, 2009

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At the start of the 18th century there were no maps, anywhere in the world. No one knew, with any certainty, the shape of the earth or what lay beneath its surface. Was it hollow or solid? Were the Andes the highest mountains on the Earth or was it the peak of Tenerife? Was the Earth a perfectsphere or slightly squashed as Sir Isaac Newton prophesized? In Weighing the World, master-surveyor and bestselling author Edwin Danson presents the stories of the scientists and scholars who cut their way through jungles, crossed the artic tundra, and braved the world's highest mountains todiscover the truth about our Earth. Danson also recounts the extraordinary experiment, conducted on a desolate Scottish peak by Astromer Royal Neville Maskelyne, to understand the so-called "attraction of mountains," the curious capability mountians have to bend gravity, without which it would beimpossible to accurately map Earth's surface. A spell-binding scientific adventure story, Weighing the World will intrigue anyone curious about the shape of our planet and how we have come to know it.
Edwin Danson is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors. He is the author of Drawing the Line: How Mason and Dixon Surveyed the Most Famous Border in America.
Title:Weighing the World: The Quest to Measure the EarthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:May 3, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. I Cannot Be Wrong2. The Titan King3. A Calm And Gentle Character4. The Galileo Of France5. Extreme Science6. Robberies And Depredations7. A Magnificent Military Sketch8. Persons Well Versed9. Very Expert In His Business10. A Passage With My Horse11. Frankenstein And Other Experiments12. A Remarkable Hill13. Important Observations14. So Great A Noise15. The Attraction of Mountains16. The Best Of The Position17. Distinguished Merit18. Late A Whole Year19. Geodetic Experiments20. I Know It Will Answer21. Offering Violence To Nature22. A Meritorious Foreigner23. Men Worthy Of Confidence24. Irregularities We Have DiscoveredExplanations and DefinitionsBibliography