[SIGCIS-Members] Tips on 18th - 20th c. nautical and astronomical tables

Bernard Geoghegan bernardgeoghegan2010 at u.northwestern.edu
Mon Apr 4 04:29:18 PDT 2022


Dear Colleagues,

Can anyone recommend key works on 18th-20th c. astronomical, nautical, and maritime charts, esp as a pre-history to modern information processing? I’m trying to write a history of how 19th c. visuality was pieced together at sea, from a patchwork of observations, charts, tables, astrolabes, etc, in which a regime of calculations and information processing figure centrally in making visual sense of the surrounding world.

To give a very general idea of where I’m coming from, I’ve found some very useful work in the Campbell-Kelly et al volume on “The History of Mathematical Tables,” and Mindell’s work on naval systems of artillery control has also been an inspiring point of reference.

Thank for your thoughts on further sources!

Warmly, Bernard
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