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Dividing to rule: Precision mathematical instruments in mid-18th century England

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Development of mathematical sciences in the 18th century, especially in the interwoven strands of astronomy, navigation, and surveying, was driven by measurements of ever-increasing exactness. The mathematical instrument makers who designed and
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  DUNCAN MELVILLE , St. Lawrence University Dividing to rule: Precision mathematical instruments in mid-18th century England  Development of mathematical sciences in the 18th century, especially in the interwoven strands of astronomy, navigation, andsurveying, was driven by measurements of ever-increasing exactness. The mathematical instrument makers who designed andrefined instruments of exquisite precision had to be experts in both theory and practice. In this talk I will explain some of theproblems faced, and techniques used, by the leading practitioners of the day to produce such accurate measurements. 1
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