Geodesy? Whats That?: My Personal Involvement in the Age-Old Quest for the Size and Shape of the Earth Irene K. Fischer

ISBN: 9780595363995

Published: September 1st 2005

Paperback

400 pages


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Geodesy? Whats That?: My Personal Involvement in the Age-Old Quest for the Size and Shape of the Earth  by  Irene K. Fischer

Geodesy? Whats That?: My Personal Involvement in the Age-Old Quest for the Size and Shape of the Earth by Irene K. Fischer
September 1st 2005 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 400 pages | ISBN: 9780595363995 | 3.42 Mb

Geodesy (the measurement of the size and shape of the earth), fascinating since the time of Erathosenes, became a basic science for the space program. Irene Fischer was a leader in the construction of the World Geodetic System (has an Earth referenceMoreGeodesy (the measurement of the size and shape of the earth), fascinating since the time of Erathosenes, became a basic science for the space program. Irene Fischer was a leader in the construction of the World Geodetic System (has an Earth reference ellipsoid named in her honor) when it was still being done by surveyors, piecing together terrestrial, gravitational and astronomical data.

By the 1970s, satellite geodesy and marine geodesy were just coming into their own. Using her career, Fischer revels in explaining how the science unfolded, and how misunderstandings occur across scientific fields, e.g., why the standard ocean and the geoid do not easily translate across the fields of oceanography and geodesy.

Her account should appeal to those writing the history of women in science. Government science, too, is less well studied than academic science even though some fields, such as geodesy, were always government led. Fischer provides food for thought, as well, to those who claim to study the management of science in bureaucratic settings different from those of industry or academia. Peppered among these themes are Fischers solutions to historical mysteries such as why Columbus used a figure for the size of the earths circumferance that was so much smaller than Erastothenes or Posidonius (with the added benefit of making it easier to persuade his patrons).



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