The Wright Approach

in Rhumb Lines and Map Wars

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780226534312
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226534329 | DOI:
The Wright Approach

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Edward Wright undertook a mathematical critique of contemporary navigation. His search for new solutions to old problems included a sea chart with straight-line loxodromes, the map Mercator had demonstrated but never explained. The Christian–Knight map was not the only premature publication of Wright's results. His table of meridional parts appeared in print in 1594, in mathematician-navigator Thomas Blundeville's Exercises for Young Gentlemen, and again, three years later, in Sir William Barlow's The Navigator's Supply. Lambert's contributions to cartography include seven different map projections as well as an illuminating mathematical analysis of conformality. Lambert's insight stimulated further work on map projection by three of the era's greatest mathematicians: Euler, Lagrange, and Gauss.

Keywords: Edward Wright; contemporary navigation; loxodromes; Christian–Knight map; Lambert

Chapter.  4094 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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