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Lost at Sea

Tools for Navigation: Science and Mathematics

Advances in cartography and navigation helped drive new scientific understandings of the maritime world.

William Bourne. A regiment for the sea. London, 1592

A self-educated writer and mathematician who lived among sailors at Gravesend on the Thames, William Bourne wrote A Regiment for the Sea for practical mariners. His text was not original; Bourne adapted Richard Eden’s Arte of Navigation, which itself was a translation of Martín Cortés’s Arte de Navigar. But unlike both Eden and Cortés, Bourne wrote for sailors, not navigators. By using his book, all mariners could learn to orient themselves by the stars and other maritime technologies.


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Euclid. Elements. English. London, 1570

William Gilbert. De magnete. London, 1600

John Searle. An ephemeris for nine yeeres. London, 1609

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