2 Pi in the service of the King
December 24, 2012 8:28 PM Subscribe
Looking for suggestions regarding old books (Napoleonic era) on the subject of navigation and/or trigonometry
posted by honestcoyote to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
In the course of re-reading some of the early Aubrey/Maturin books, I noticed Captain Aubrey complaining about his difficulties in learning trigonometry and navigation from books and teachers, and there are a couple of passages where specific problems are mentioned.
Since I'm in the process of refreshing my rusty trig skills, I thought it would be somewhat interesting to do so with a book that's roughly contemporary with the late eighteenth century or very early nineteenth, but I wasn't sure where to start looking since the good captain seems to have forgotten actual book titles.