Sky and Ocean Joined: The US Naval Observatory 1830-2000
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Must read as an astronomer Douglas A. O'HANDLEY This is a masterful compilation of the history of the oldest scientific institution of the United States. The perspectives of Dr. Dick were thoughtful and very interesting. Many of the realtionships of the past half century were interesting when viewed from the point of view of today. Many decisions made during the reviewer's tenure at this institution did not strike one at the time as being made with a lot of consideration. From Dr. Dick's review many of them now make a lot more sense in the context of history. They were made by people who had a lot of expertise and a great deal of vision.
Recommended." Choice"Sky and Ocean Joined is an outstanding book." Technology and Culture, Robert W. from mechanical clocks working before there were any time zones to today's satellites that provide nanaosecond accuracies worldwide), and personal and political struggles (both governmental and institutional)." Science Books & Films"Sky and Ocean Joined is quite well written and will certainly appeal to historians of science and technology, as well as naval enthusiasts, physicists, and anyone generally interested in astronomy." Stardust"Extensively researched over 15 years, this book is well written and well documented with footnotes, select bi
Steven J. . Dick has worked as an astronomer and historian of science at the US Naval Observatory since 1979
It is a story of the history of technology, in the form of telescopes, lenses, detectors, calculators, clocks and computers over 170 years. to the Global Positioning System of satellites, for which the Naval Observatory provides the time to a billionth of a second per day. 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.. This volume is, first and foremost, a story of the relations between space, time and navigation, from the rise of the chronometer in the U.S