The Shape and the Size of the Earth in the Eighteenth Century

  • Dino Boccaletti


The last decades of the seventeenth century were particularly important for the astronomical observations and their correlated theories: recall that a few years before the foundation of the Académie Royale des Sciences in Paris, the Royal Society of London was also founded (1662), and that the two competed in obtaining successes in the scientific field. After Picard’s undertaking, which resulted in what at that time was the most reliable measurement of the terrestrial meridian, the Académie undertook to carry out several projects of scientific research also in collaboration with the great Observatory that had been constructed outside Paris and to whose direction had been appointed in 1671 the famous Italian astronomer Gian Domenico Cassini (who, later on, was naturalized French and became Jean Dominique Cassini)

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dino Boccaletti
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  1. 1.RomeItaly

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