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Sky and Ocean Joined: The U. S. Naval Observatory 1830-2000 Hardcover – December 9, 2002

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" historical tour-de-force, and I thoroughly recommend it to everyone interested in U.S. astronomical history, positional astronomy, national observatories, naval history, navigation, time-keeping, or the conflict involving civilian and military control of science." Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage

"It provides insight for scholars and general readers interested in naval history and navigation, timekeeping, positional astronomy, and celestial mechanics, and it charts the relationship between astronomy and astrophysics, the rise of national observatories and military patronage." Bulletin of Science Technology and Society

"An amazingly comprehensive and detailed history of the oldest major astronomical observatory in the United States, this excellent book offers mature readers fascinating stories of scientific discoveries (e.g. of the moons of Mars and Pluto), technological developments (e.g. 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 bibliographic essays, appendixes, and indexes. Recommended." Choice

"Sky and Ocean Joined is an outstanding book." Technology and Culture, Robert W. Smith

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As one of the oldest scientific institutions in the United States, the U. S. Naval Observatory has a rich and colorful history. Sky and Ocean Joined is essentially a story of the history of technology, in the form of telescopes, lenses, calculators, clocks and computers, over 170 years. It describes how this observatory has contributed to almost two centuries of unparalleled progress in astronomy. This volume will therefore appeal to historians of science and technology, astronomers and general readers interested in Naval history, navigation, timekeeping, positional astronomy, and celestial mechanics.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (December 9, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521815991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521815994
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.3 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,766,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Douglas A. O'HANDLEY on December 27, 2002
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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.
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