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on 25 December 2009
A fascinating tale of surveying, enterprise and wonderful standards of work at such an early stage in world discovery.

a great read.
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on 9 November 2014
Every would be surveyor should read this ,then consider how easy their life is today......
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on 6 January 2011
In the 21st century it is a trivial matter to find out where you are using such devices as GPS. In the 18th Century it was really very difficult indeed. This book tells of the great efforts that were taken to survey India in the 1800s. A truly epic task as it took many years to complete and sadly also taking the lives of many people who were involved in the undertaking. You also learn why Mt Everest is so called.

Highly recommended.

My only problem with this book is the title - "The Great Arc" sounds like it is something to do with the Biblical story of Noah and the flood.
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on 15 January 2011
I tend to want a high degree of technical data in my books, the only modern Author I have come across who gets close to this is Simon Singh. Having said that the book is interesting
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on 11 October 2013
I bought this book for my husband to read on holiday (he hates novels) & he found it fascinating. Said it was a great read, informative, well researched
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on 11 February 2012
You don't have to be either a mathematician or geographer to revel in the extraordinariness of this story. Mesmerising and compelling.
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