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    Summary Ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ John Keay John Keay ↠ 5 Read & Download review The Great ARC The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named As a surveyor I was fascinated by the exploits of my forebears It is an amazing account and I saw many reflections of some of my own experiences Of course the euipment that I had access to was much technologically based but the principles were much the same Also there were a surprising number of things that have not changed over the decadesI

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    Pdf/E–book [The Great ARC The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named] The Great Arc is a wonderful little chronicle of the Great Trigonometrical Survey carried out in India roughly between 1800 1860 CE Various te

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    Summary Ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ John Keay Pdf/E–book [The Great ARC The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named] A good book that loses steam in its second half It starts off strong describing the men instruments of the great trigonometric surve

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    Pdf/E–book [The Great ARC The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named] Just fabulous as far as a book on triangulation can be It was interesting for me to read about the Great Indian Arc of Me

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    Pdf/E–book [The Great ARC The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named] John Keay ↠ 5 Read & Download review The Great ARC The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named The Great Arc is an account of the Trigonometric Survey of India a mammoth exercise to survey and map the Indian sub contine

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    Pdf/E–book [The Great ARC The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named] John Keay ↠ 5 Read & Download Summary Ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ John Keay A great short read about one of the most challenging cartographic projects ever attempted by the British Empire I learned a

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    Pdf/E–book [The Great ARC The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named] The story of how India was mapped through a series of triangles by using the basic fundamentals of trigonometry under the

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    John Keay ↠ 5 Read & Download Summary Ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ John Keay review The Great ARC The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named Whereas the British can be blamed for the partition of India it can be argued that they created the concept of India by uniting the melange of warring principalities despots and tyrants across the length and breadth of the peninsula They may have built railway lines irrigation canals roads and created administ

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    review The Great ARC The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named Pdf/E–book [The Great ARC The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named] This book was very disappointing From my reading of Into The Silence Wade Davis I knew the basic story of the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India begun around 1800 by William Lambton and completed by his successor George Everest after whom the tallest mountain in the world is named What I desired was a better understanding of how these measurements were done that enabled the teams to actually do the mapping

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review The Great ARC The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named Summary Ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ John Keay John Keay ↠ 5 Read & Download The Great Indian Arc of the Meridian begun in 1800 was the longest maesurement of the earth's surface ever to have been attempted Its 1600 miles of inch perfect survey took nearly fifty years Hailed as one of the most stupendous works in the history of science it was also one of the m. The Great Arc is a wonderful little chronicle of the Great Trigonometrical Survey carried out in India roughly between 1800 1860 CE Various teams surveyed India right from its southern tip to the HimalayasWhat brings the book alive is John Keay s writing Packed with meticulously researched details both in India and in England Keay enriches it further with some things gained from his own recent traversing of the Great ArcThe book is packed with memorable characters such as William Lambton the meticulous and slightly eccentric father of the survey who also intended the Arc as a giant experiment to measure the geodesy of the globe the curve apart from mundane activities such as mapping India Keay also recounts how he re discovered Lambton s forgotten grave in the heart of India George Everest then takes over the narrative and succeeds in connecting the Arc from Central India to the Himalayan foothills despite severe illnesses marauding tigers and unreliable euipment The final few chapters deal with the troublesome mapping of the Himalayas and the search for the highest mountain in the world which was named in honour of the now retired Surveyor General of India Everest which Keay says should actually be pronounced as EVE rest rhyming with CLEAVE rest Apparently Everest himself was unhappy with the mispronounciations which dogged his lifeOverall the book is now all the poignant and important because the works of people such as Lambton and Everest along with their life s work which was the Great Arc are largely forgotten both in India and England which is a crying shame During their time they were richly feted as some of most pre eminent men of science and the Arc was hailed as the most scientifically exact and reliable operation undertaken anywhere in the worldOverall the book was extremely enjoyable mainly thanks to Keay s brilliant writing particularly his pleasure in depicting eccentricity

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review The Great ARC The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named Summary Ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ John Keay John Keay ↠ 5 Read & Download Ost perilous Snowy mountains and tropical jungles floods and fevers tigers and scorpions all took their toll on the band of surveyors as they crossed the Indian subcontinent carrying instruments weighing half a tonWillian Lambton an endearing genius had conceived the idea; George Ever. The Great Arc is an account of the Trigonometric Survey of India a mammoth exercise to survey and map the Indian sub continent from Kanyakumari then Cape Comorin to Kashmir and from the Indus delta to Burma an exercise that commenced in 1802 and was completed only in 1870The book traces the history of the Trigonometric Survey from its conceptualisation and commencement in 1802 by its first superintendent William Lambton until the mid 1830 s under his successor George Everest In this time the primary arc tracing the 78 E longitude that passes through Delhi was surveyed in a series of interconnected triangles that stretched from Kanya Kumari in the south to Dehradun in the northThe primary arc was to be the spine of the web of triangles that measured and surveyed the length and breadth of the country secondary arcs branching off perpendicularly from the primary arc and these secondary arcs further lending to further arcs that then ran parallel to the primary arc crisscrossing the length and breadth of the countryNothing as ambitious had been attempted before for a survey of this magnitude in effect measured the very curvature of the earth Mapping and measuring the heights of some of the highest peaks of the Himalayas Nanda Devi Kanchenjunga Nanga Parbat Mount Everest and others were a direct conseuence of this surveyIn addition to the cartographical geographical and wider scientific implications of the survey the exercise had a significant political impact too For this was a way for the East India Company that by now had clear territorial ambitions to exert its influence over the land it wished to govern A survey of this magnitude was essential to map territories delineate regions and divisions build the web of infrastructure links so essential to effecting control over such a large region and above all to assert territorial superiority Needless to add it was a necessary aid to revenue collection one of the primary reasons why India was attractive to the colonial ambitions of the BritishLarge swathes of forest were cleared hills flattened monuments temples and mosues vandalized villages razed buildings and mansions in towns cut through all in the name of obtaining clear lines of sight to measure the trigonometrical angles Suffice to say the local populace and their princes were not amused Nor did the arrogant and high handed approach of the superintendents of the Survey George Everest included help Local resources were diverted men and beasts put in the employ of the Survey and the harsh conditions of the dense jungles and working in the heat and rain claimed fatalities larger in number than wars It would not be an exaggeration to say that this was one of the reasons contributing to the First War of Independence in 1857The subject matter of the book makes for interesting reading Without complicating it with technical details the author explains the basics of geographical survey and measurement with its complexities and problems in a simple enough manner There would have been difficulties in researching a topic two centuries old inspite of the copious amount of correspondence and publications that the mammoth effort must have generated The book restricts itself to the first thirty or so years of the survey that took nearly seventy and traces the events during the course of its first two superintendents William Lambton an unassuming but much loved person with a zeal for perfection and his successor George Everest a man with an eual zeal for perfection but loathed by his sub ordinates for his abrasive and abusive ways There is some reference to the administrative logistical and practical difficulties that these men had to face but the book is neither a humanistic account that presents the dynamics of the what how why nor a research treatise that delves into the technical details It is an attempt at turning a mega event into a novel but ends up without strong characterisation with the exception of Lambton who is presented as a lovable old man and Everest as a loathable person There is little detail on the social political and cultural impact the survey had on the India of then Even events that would have then been and would now be too sacrilegious such as drilling a hole in the dome of a mosue removing a pillar holding the cupola atop Akbar s tomb at Fatehpur Sikhri mounting euipment tons heavy on the spires of temples are glossed over Needless to add such acts would have generated tremendous animosity and ill will among the local population with implications for the survey and the fledgling administration of the East India Company An examination of these aspects would have made the book a far absorbing read for by the last third of the book it gets repetitive Everest s outbursts the same challenges and problems in finding suitable spots for observation points etcNevertheless the book is an interesting read on a subject matter that literally defined the world we live in Full marks to the author for that

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review The Great ARC The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named Summary Ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ John Keay John Keay ↠ 5 Read & Download Est an impossible martinet completed it This saga of astounding adventure and gigantic personalities not only resulted in the first accurate measurement of the highest peak in the world but defined India as we know it and significant advanced our scientific understanding of the planet. A great short read about one of the most challenging cartographic projects ever attempted by the British Empire I learned a great deal about triangulation and dedication though Mount Everest really should be named after William Lambton whose dedication to the Great Arc was surpassed only by its achievement The only downside to this book is that it is written from the Imperialistic perspective possibly due to the source documents Although it was British policy retain local names for geographic features whenever possible there is an eual amount of griping about local chiefs who protest surveyors overlooking their property andor their women Everest is also openly racist advancing assistants he hires after Lambton dies over Lambton s well trained mixed race assistants who had been working for Lambton longer than Everest had If you can tolerate Everest s personality the story is fascinating but it would have been good to include a balanced perspective regarding the individual Indian kingdoms

  • Paperback
  • 224
  • The Great ARC The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named
  • John Keay
  • English
  • 23 March 2019
  • 9780060932954