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From:         dw645@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Jim Messina)
Organization: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH (USA)
Date:         05 May 95 03:27:14 
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In the early 1800's, (before the development of the chronometer)
the ship's captain had to rely on the skills of a trained
mathematician, for the only way to find longitude at sea was by
precise observations of the moon.  Sometimes these calculations
took up to four hours.

This made the problem of determining longitude an educational as
well as a technological problem, and sea faring nations organized
mathematics courses for common sailors.

In the late 18th century, Charles II set up a mathematics course
for forty pupils at the famous Bluecoat school in London.  But
teachers found it hard to satisfy both the sailors and the
mathematicians.  The governors of the school, noting that many
great sailors had done well enough without mathematics, asked
whether future sailors really needed it.  On the side of
mathematics, Sir Isaac Newton argued that the old rules of thumb
were no longer good enough.  Daniel Boorstin - "The Discoverers"


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