The Methods of Boscovich and Mayer
Howerver George II had a different scheme in hand which crucially involved a cartographer by the name of Tobias Mayer.
“It was no coincidence that the formal decision of the Hanoverian government to establish an observatory in Göttingen was made only a few weeks after George II’s visit to the town on 1 August 1748. The King and his advisors well knew that precise astronomical observations were a necessary prerequisite for improvements in cartography and oceanic navigation. The Paris and Greenwich Observatories were institutional reminders of the links between theoretical and practical science; and the military and naval applications of accurate longitude and latitude determinations were not difficult to see.4[Indeed the Prussian] Field Marshal von Schmettau in Berlin had already been trying over a period of several years to encourage the Paris cartographers César-Francois Cassini de Thury and Joseph De L’Isle and the inheritors of the Homann Cartographic Bureau to participate in extending the French trigonometrical survey into and across Germany ”
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