From the Age of the Great Transoceanic Discoveries to the New Measurements of the Earth

  • Dino Boccaletti


The last decades of the fifteenth century and a great part of the sixteenth represent the age of the great transoceanic navigations and of the consequent new geographic knowledge. From the discovery of America (Columbus) to the great circumnavigation of the world (Magellan), the great enterprises of the navigators confirmed the sphericity of the Earth, while the measurements of the meridian carried out on the ground updated the measure of its size. We shall deal with the obtained results by considering the works of the authors who both suggested and affected, and narrated the fundamental enterprises.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dino Boccaletti
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  1. 1.RomeItaly

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