BOOK REVIEW: Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World by Larrie D. Ferreiro

Review by Nathan Seppa

By Science News, 12:03 PM September 8, 2011

Barely two centuries after Columbus found that the world wasn’t flat, scientists set out to establish whether it was really round. The question required comparing the distance between degrees of latitude in Europe — which had been measured — with that distance in the Arctic or at the equator.

In his latest book, Ferreiro gives life to three French scientists and their 1736 geodesic mission to the equator. Astronomer Louis Godin, mathematician Pierre Bouguer and geographer Charles Marie de L...

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