The Gyrostatic Compass


I HAVE directed attention to several faults that have to be rectified if the compass is to be of use on a ship, and I shall now discuss the last, but by no means the least, of the errors that may arise if the instrument is not properly designed. This error was not known when the gyro-compass was first brought out, and it proved a most difficult fault to correct, while its elimination has had more to do with the design of the later forms of gyro-compass than any other factor.


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BROWN, S. The Gyrostatic Compass. Nature 105, 77–80 (1920).

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