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  • The great arc: the dramatic tale of how india was mapped and everest was named by John Keay

    ISBN 13: 9780007481170

    Edition: HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Book Title: The great arc: the dramatic tale of how india was mapped and everest was named

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    The author of the book: John Keay

    Date of issue: 2001

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    ISBN: 0007481179



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The Great Indian Arc of the Meridian, begun in 1800, was the longest measurement of the earth's surface ever to have been attempted. Its 1600 miles of inch-perfect survey took nearly fifty years, cost more lives than most contemporary wars, and involved equations more complex than any in the pre-computer age. Hailed as 'one of the most stupendous works in the history of science', it was one of the most perilous.Through the hill and jungle, flood and fever, an intrepid band of surveyors carried the Arc from the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent up into the frozen wastes of Himalayas. William Lambton, an endearing genius, conceived the idea; George Everest, an impossible martinet, completed it. Both found the technical difficulties horrendous. With instruments weighing half a ton, their observations had often to be conducted from flimsy platforms ninety feet above the ground or from mountain peaks enveloped in blizzard. Malaria wiped out whole survey parties; tigers and scorpions took their toll. Yet the results were commensurate. India as we now know it was defined in the process. The Arc also resulted in the first accurate measurement of the Himalayas, an achievement which was acknowledged by the naming of the world's highest mountain in honour of Everest. More important still, the Arc significantly advanced our knowledge if the exact shape of the our planet.



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