From the French Revolution to the Artificial Satellites

  • Dino Boccaletti


Napoleon, upon receiving from the hands of Delambre the volume of the Base du Système métrique décimal, congratulated the author saying “Les conquêtes passent mais ces opérations restent!”. This laudatory sentence obviously did not imply an encouragement to consider oneselves definitively satisfied with the obtained results. In fact, starting in the first years of the new century, there was a movement to repeat, with renewed accuracy and with improved equipments, the measurements executed in the past.

Suggested Readings

  1. Alexander Ross Clarke: Geodesy. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1880. This is the book of the British geodesist (1828–1914), quoted in §6.1, which was the first major survey of the subject for many years.Google Scholar
  2. Kaula, W. M. (1996). Theory of the satellite geodesy: Applications of satellites to geodesy. Blaisdell Publishing Company. Dover reprint, 2000.Google Scholar
  3. Sansò, F., Sideris M. G. (Eds.) (2013). Geoid determination: Theory and methods. Berlin: Springer. For consultation by a reader with a mathematical background.Google Scholar
  4. Smith J. R. (1997). Introduction to geodesy: The history and concepts of modern geodesy. Hoboken: Wiley. A comprehensive and accessible book.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dino Boccaletti
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  1. 1.RomeItaly

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