Measuring the new world : enlightenment science and South America / Neil Safier.

Prior to 1735, South America was largely terra incognita to many Europeans. But that year, the Paris Academy of Sciences sent a joint French and Spanish mission to the Spanish American province of Quito (in present-day Ecuador) to study the curvature of the Earth at the Equator--an expedition that w...

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Main Author: Safier, Neil
Format: eBook
Published: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008.
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