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Colonial Botany: Science, Commerce, and Politics in the Early Modern World [Paperback]

Londa Schiebinger , Claudia Swan

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In 1735 the Academie Royale des Sciences in Paris commissioned an expedition to the equatorial regions of South America to measure the length of a degree of meridian near the equator in order to determine the earth's size and shape. Read the first page
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