Technology | VOL. 8, ISSUE 47, March-April 2008 |

Exploring Geodesy

From the very beginning of civilizations, man has strived to learn about planet earth. For many centuries, the only way to learn about the geometry of the earth was through astronomy. The first documented ideas about geodesy date back to Thales of Miletus (625-547 BC), recognised as the founder of trigonometry, who conceptualized a disk like earth floating on an infinite ocean. The school of Pythagoras (580-500 BC) was the first to believe in a spherical earth. Around the end...

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