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

Allan Olley allan.olley at alumni.utoronto.ca
Mon Apr 4 13:11:42 PDT 2022

 	In terms of astronomical/navigational tables useful resources 
may (?) include:

Dick, S. J. (2002). Sky and Ocean Joined: The U.S. Naval Observatory 
1830-2000. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

Not to be confused with another source I think might be useful:
Sky With Ocean Joined - Proceedings of the Sesquicentennial Symposia U.S. 
Naval Observatory - December 5 and 8, 1980 (1983) Eds Dick, Steven J., And 
Leroy E. Doggett (Author)

A short piece of relevance by some of the people at the American Nautical 
Almanac office looking back through its history as computerization had 
fully taken hold:
The Almanacs—Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
P. K. Seidelmann, P. M. Janiczek and R. F. Haupt
(U.S. Naval Observatory)
The Journal of Navigation , Volume 30 , Issue 2 , May 1977 , pp. 310 - 322
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S037346330004399X

 	This is just a few starting points.
 	In my PhD thesis I concerned myself with the much more limited 
quesiton of the way astronomical calculation including a few of the key 
calculations for navigation tables were automated. The main subject of my 
research (W J Eckert) was head of the Amercan Nautical Alamanac Office 
during World War II and I discuss his work during the war a little and 
his other work before and after the war had some significance for 
astronomical and navigational tables. 

Yours Truly,
Allan Olley, PhD


On Mon, 4 Apr 2022, Bernard Geoghegan wrote:

> 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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