9780465063819-0465063810-Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World

Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World

ISBN-13: 9780465063819
ISBN-10: 0465063810
Edition: Reprint
Author: Ferreiro, Larrie D.
Publication date: 2013
Publisher: Basic Books
Format: Paperback 376 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780465063819
ISBN-10: 0465063810
Edition: Reprint
Author: Ferreiro, Larrie D.
Publication date: 2013
Publisher: Basic Books
Format: Paperback 376 pages

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Acknowledged authors Ferreiro, Larrie D. wrote Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World comprising 376 pages back in 2013. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0465063810 and 9780465063819. Since then Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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In the 18th century, Europe's scientific community was torn between two opposing theories: Descartes' argument that the Earth was spherical, and Newton's contention that it was flattened at the poles. Recognizing that the answer was the key to securely navigating the earth's oceans, France and Spain organized a joint expedition to colonial Peru. Their goal was to measure a degree of latitude at the Equator; by comparing this measurement to one taken back in Europe, they would be able to determine the planet's shape and put an end to the debate. But what seemed a straightforward scientific exercise was almost immediately marred by a series of unforeseen catastrophes: treacherous terrain, deeply suspicious locals, and the voyagers' own hubris. A thrilling tale of adventure, political history, and scientific discovery, Larrie D. Ferreiro's Measure of the Earth recounts the greatest scientific exhibition of the Enlightenment through the eyes of the men who completed it—pioneers who overcame tremendous adversity to traverse the towering Andes Mountains and discern the Earth's true shape.

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