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Drawing the Line - How Mason and Dixon Surveyed the Most Famous Border in America

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Informationen zum Autor Edwin Danson is a geodetic surveyor with over 45 years of experience working on assignments in many countries, including the United States. He is a Chartered Surveyor of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors. He has made many contributions to professional journals and books and is a prominent authority in his field. He lives near Bristol, England. Klappentext The second edition of Drawing the Line: How Mason and Dixon Surveyed the Most Famous Border in America updates Edwin Danson's definitive history of the creation of the Mason - Dixon Line to reflect new research and archival documents that have come to light in recent years.* Features numerous updates and revisions reflecting new information that has come to light on surveyors Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon* Reveals the true origin of the survey's starting point and the actual location of the surveyors' observatory in Embreeville* Offers expanded information on Mason and Dixon's transit of Venus adventures, which would be an important influence on their future work, and on Mason's final years pursuing a share of the fabulous Longitude prize, and his death in Philadelphia* Includes a new, more comprehensive appendix describing the surveying methods utilized to establish the Mason-Dixon Line Zusammenfassung The second edition of Drawing the Line: How Mason and Dixon Surveyed the Most Famous Border in America updates Edwin Danson's definitive history of the creation of the Mason - Dixon Line to reflect new research and archival documents that have come to light in recent years.* Features numerous updates and revisions reflecting new information that has come to light on surveyors Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon* Reveals the true origin of the survey's starting point and the actual location of the surveyors' observatory in Embreeville* Offers expanded information on Mason and Dixon's transit of Venus adventures, which would be an important influence on their future work, and on Mason's final years pursuing a share of the fabulous Longitude prize, and his death in Philadelphia* Includes a new, more comprehensive appendix describing the surveying methods utilized to establish the Mason-Dixon Line Inhaltsverzeichnis List of Figures ixAcknowledgments for the Revised Edition xiiIntroduction to the Revised Edition xiii1 In the Reign of George the Third 12 The Fortieth Degree 63 Kings and Queens 144 Entirely at a Stand 205 Curious Knowing People 346 The Transit of Venus 517 Mr. Bird's Contrivances 658 Persons Intirely Accomplished 719 The Southernmost Point of the City 8010 15 Statute Miles, Horizontal 9811 The Tail of Ursae Minoris 10912 Fine Sport for the Boys 11613 From the Post mark'd West 12314 The Pencil of Time 13115 King of the Tuscarawa 14016 From Hence; to the Summit 15017 At a Council of the Royal Society 16018 Vibration of the Pendulum 16719 Not One Step Further 17620 A Degree of Latitude 18921 The Last Transit 19622 A Very Helpless Condition 20223 Finishing the Job 216Appendix 225Astronomy 225Longitude, Latitude, and the Shape of Earth 228Surveying Methods 230Degrees of Latitude: A Short History 239The Mystery of the Mason-Dixon Mile 242Bibliography 245Index 251...

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List of Figures ix
 
Acknowledgments for the Revised Edition xii
 
Introduction to the Revised Edition xiii
 
1 In the Reign of George the Third 1
 
2 The Fortieth Degree 6
 
3 Kings and Queens 14
 
4 Entirely at a Stand 20
 
5 Curious Knowing People 34
 
6 The Transit of Venus 51
 
7 Mr. Bird's Contrivances 65
 
8 Persons Intirely Accomplished 71
 
9 The Southernmost Point of the City 80
 
10 15 Statute Miles, Horizontal 98
 
11 The Tail of Ursae Minoris 109
 
12 Fine Sport for the Boys 116
 
13 From the Post mark'd West 123
 
14 The Pencil of Time 131
 
15 King of the Tuscarawa 140
 
16 From Hence; to the Summit 150
 
17 At a Council of the Royal Society 160
 
18 Vibration of the Pendulum 167
 
19 Not One Step Further 176
 
20 A Degree of Latitude 189
 
21 The Last Transit 196
 
22 A Very Helpless Condition 202
 
23 Finishing the Job 216
 
Appendix 225
 
Astronomy 225
 
Longitude, Latitude, and the Shape of Earth 228
 
Surveying Methods 230
 
Degrees of Latitude: A Short History 239
 
The Mystery of the Mason-Dixon Mile 242
 
Bibliography 245
 
Index 251

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Edwin Danson is a geodetic surveyor with over 45 years of experience working on assignments in many countries, including the United States. He is a Chartered Surveyor of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors. He has made many contributions to professional journals and books and is a prominent authority in his field. He lives near Bristol, England.

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The second edition of Drawing the Line: How Mason and Dixon Surveyed the Most Famous Border in America updates Edwin Danson s definitive history of the creation of the Mason - Dixon Line to reflect new research and archival documents that have come to light in recent years.

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