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How the Earth Got its Shape

Measure of the Earth by Larrie Ferreiro tells how an early eighteenth century band of European explorer set out to measure a degree of latitude at the equator in South America using the very latest astronomical and surveying equipment in order to settle a scientific dispute. Descartes said that the Earth was egg-shaped, whilst Isaac Newton argued that it was shaped more like a grapefruit. But a series of catastrophes threatened the progress of the Geodesic Mission, and the answer to their quest not found for several years.

 

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