THE GREAT ARC - HOW INDIA WAS MAPPED AND EVEREST NAMED

THE GREAT ARC - HOW INDIA WAS MAPPED AND EVEREST NAMED (English, Paperback, Keay, John)

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THE GREAT ARC - HOW INDIA WAS MAPPED AND EVEREST NAMED  (English, Paperback, Keay, John)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Harper
    • ISBN: 9780007481170, 0007481179
    • Edition: 2012
    • Pages: 250
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    The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale Of How India Was Mapped And Everest Was Named narrates the story of the extensive surveying of the Indian subcontinent by William Lambton and George Everest.

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    The Great Trigonometric Survey of India was a huge project which involved the surveying and mapping of the Indian subcontinent and took over sixty years to complete. The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale Of How India Was Mapped And Everest Was Named tells the story of the first thirty years of the project under the leadership of William Lambton and then, George Everest.

    The team conducting the survey had to face enormous hardships. They had to travel through the difficult terrain of the Indian subcontinent including dense jungles infested with wild animals and malaria causing mosquitoes, and dangerous mountains. The calculations were extremely complex, and an enormous instrument called the Theodolite had to be carried through the difficult land. The measurements had to be taken by building huge scaffoldings and required massive manpower and huge amounts of patience.

    John Keay describes William Lambton and George Everest with flair. He relates the story of how George Everest had Mount Everest named after himself. The complicated procedures of geographical calculation and surveying are simplified for average readers to read.

    The narrative is made insightful by John Keay’s own travels through the surveyed land. He describes the difficulty he faced while looking for the lost tomb of William Lambton in Central India. The Trigonometric Survey of the Indian Subcontinent was a great achievement for the British Empire. It not only helped them in mapping a terrain they were economically interested in, it also was a huge achievement for science and a scientific breakthrough in it’s time. The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale Of How India Was Mapped And Everest Was Named, in narrating the process of this survey, reiterates the important place this has in history.

    About John Keay

    John Keay is an English writer and journalist.

    Other books by John Keay include Into India, When Men and Mountains Meet, The Gilgit Game, Eccentric Travellers, Indonesia: From Sabang to Merauke, The Spice Route: A History, China: A History, Last Post: The End of Empire in the Far East, and Explorers Extraordinary.

    John Keay, born in 1941, studied Modern History at Oxford University. In 1965, he visited India for the first time and kept returning multiple times after this. He was a journalist for The Economist and has written and presented many shows for BBC Radio, and has written over 20 books.

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    • 2012 June
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    • John Keay is the author of five acclaimed histories: 'The Honourable Company, ' about the East India Company; 'Last Post', about the imperial disengagement of the Far East; the two-volume 'Explorers of the Western Himalayas', 'India: A History' and 'China: A History'. His books on India include 'India Discovered', 'Into India' and 'The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of How India was Mapped and Everest was Named'. John Keay is married with four children, lives in Scotland and is co-editor with his wife, Julia Keay, of the 'Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland'.
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    it is a well researched book that at times get monotonous. people interested in the history of science and scientific achievements may have a look through, but those who are fond of some slam-bang action or a tear jerker, stay away from this one.
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    Best book to know how India was mapped

    How India was mapped from North to South and East to West. Problems faced while doing the survey/mapping is well written.
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    Manjunath M%20C

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    Brilliantly written!

    A rousing tale of little known events (outside niche circles)!
    It's amazing that the author can evoke such passions & interest in such a mundane subject...
    Brilliantly written!
    A must-read for people interested in an off-beat history of India under the Raj...
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