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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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

A lively account of how to map, with very low-tech equipment. We've come a long way to the present technology. It does tell why a relatively obscure bureaucrat did get the highest mountain named after him. By the way, it is EVvarRest, Not everREST, if you wish to do the right thing. Read full review

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User Review  - adamclaxton - LibraryThing

The Great Arc by John Keay brings to life the decades long endeavour by British surveyors to precisely map the Indian subcontinent. This scientific accomplishment eventually provided confirmation that ... Read full review

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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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