Handbuch der geographischen Ortbestimmung für Geographen und Forschungsreisende


    A SHORT preface by the author tells us that this book is designed, in the first place, to give assistance to geographers and explorers, to aid students of the mathematical sciences and pupils in the higher schools, and to serve as an introduction to those parts of astronomy which; since they are concerned with the determination of time and of position on the earth's surface, have an important influence on everyday life. One does not expect, therefore, a description or an explanation of the nicest details that lead to the greatest accuracy, but rather the exhibition of the general principles on which the determination of coordinates depends; and on the whole this ground is fairly well covered, both from a theoretical and practical point of view. But when an author poses as a teacher, we are apt to examine his book a little closely, to see if he has shown any sign of clearly apprehending the difficulties that learners and pupils encounter when attacking a new subject, and made any adequate effort to remove these difficulties. There is no evidence of any particular care in this direction, though, of course, it is no easy matter to detect beforehand where the pitfalls and misconceptions on the part of the pupil will arise, and points that seem to one teacher to demand a lengthened explanation or further illustration do not present themselves in the same way to the judgment of another expert.

    Handbuch der geographischen Ortbestimmung für Geographen und Forschungsreisende.

    By Dr. Adolf Marcuse. Pp. x + 342 + 2 charts; illustrated. (Brunswick: Friedrich Vieweg und Sohn, 1905.)

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    Handbuch der geographischen Ortbestimmung für Geographen und Forschungsreisende . Nature 72, 481–482 (1905). https://doi.org/10.1038/072481a0

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