Author Results for Nicolàs de Hilster

Book Review-‘Maskelyne Astronomer Royal’ by R. Higgitt (ed.)

By Nicolàs de Hilster

A scientific self-inflicted injury is the best way to describe how the reputation of the fifth Astronomer Royal, Nevil Maskelyne (1732–1811), has been portrayed since the last century. Thanks to Dava Sobel’s 1995 book Longitude: The true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time and the forthcoming film […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Biography | Science & Exploration

Observational Methods and Procedures for the Mariner’s Astrolabe

By Nicolàs de Hilster

The practical assessment of the accuracy of the mariner’s astrolabe has been the subject of discussion in The Mariner’s Mirror. This article gives further insight on this topic, based on period knowledge and statistical analysis of period and modern data. In addition, reference to more modern studies on this topic is given in an attempt to […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Science & Exploration