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    DescriptionIn 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 expedition 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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    Measure of the Earth
    The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Larrie D. Ferreiro
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 376
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    ISBN 13: 9780465063819
    ISBN 10: 0465063810

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.0
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    Ingram Theme: CHRN/18CNTY
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    Libri: I-SE
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    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000, SCI030000, HIS037050
    B&T Approval Code: A50120000
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS051000, HIS024000
    B&T Approval Code: A19300000
    DC22: 526/.609033
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    DC22: 526.609033
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    DC23: 526.109
    LC classification: QB296.E9 F47 2013
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    Edition statement
    The Perseus Books Group
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    Publication date
    11 July 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Larrie D. Ferreiro is the author and editor of several books on the history of science and technology, including Ships and Science, which received the North American Society for Oceanic History's John Lyman Award for Best Book in Science and Technology. A frequent maritime contributor to the History Channel and the Discovery Channel, he was an on-screen historical consultant to a BBC documentary about the Geodesic Mission. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia.
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    "An astonishingly detailed account of the Geodesic Mission.... Gripping, authoritative, and fair." (Washington Post)"