The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of  How India was Mapped and Everest was Named

The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of How India was Mapped and Everest was Named

Hardcover
ISBN13: 9780002570626

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This text is the graphic story of the measurement of a meridian, or longitudinal, arc extending from the tip of the Indian subcontinent to the mountains of the Himalayas. Much the longest such measurement hitherto made, it posed horrendous technical difficulties, made impossible physical demands on the survey parties and took over 50 years. But the scientific results were commensurate, including the discovery of the world's highest peaks and a new calculation of the curvature of the earth's surface.

Type Book
Number Of Pages 208
Item Height 23 mm
Item Width 147 mm
Item Weight 430 Gram
Product Dimensions 147 x 23 x 229
Publisher HarperCollins
Format Hardcover | 208

John Keay is an author and broadcaster specialising in Asian history and current affairs. His other books include (in addition to his HarperCollins backlist above): Into India, When Men and Mountains Meet, Eccentric Travellers and Explorers Extraordinary. He lives with his wife Julia in Argyll, Scotland.