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Geodesy
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1. Traditions and beginnings in the 16th century

The process of measuring of the earth, supported by optical, astronomical and mathematical tools and procedures, was an important component of the new European natural sciences of the 16th and 17th century. This practise was closely tied to maritime navigation and was of economic, military and political significance. As such it served both as a fie…

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Epple, Moritz, “Geodesy”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 19 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019906>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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