The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of how India was Mapped and Everest was Named

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HarperCollins, 2001 - Geodesy - 182 pages
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A vivid description of one of the most ambitious scientific projects undertaken in the 19th century, and the men who undertook the measurement of the Himalayas and the mapping of the Indian subcontinent: William Lambton and George Everest.

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Review: The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named

User Review  - Tim Poston - Goodreads

So much is fine about this book (like anything Keay writes), it would take longer to describe well than to read it. But I want to remark on a fragment about one minor character in the story: "Colonel ... Read full review

Review: The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named

User Review  - Abhineet - Goodreads

I don't know if knowing more about Lambton would change anything in my aspiring to live like him. Read full review

About the author (2001)

John Keay is an author and broadcaster specialising in Asian history and current affairs. His other books include (in addition to his HarperCollins backlist above): Into India, When Men and Mountains Meet, Eccentric Travellers and Explorers Extraordinary. He lives with his wife Julia in Argyll, Scotland.

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