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The Mapmaker's Wife by Robert Whitaker
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Mar 09, 2011

really liked it
Read in March, 2011

Great history of 1700's South America, especially Peru. It begins with the scientific debate over the shape of the earth with a group of French scientists going to Peru to measure the equator to determine whether the lines of longitude are wider, which would mean that the earth is flatter at the poles--Isaac Newton's theory. This was indeed proven and takes up the first half of the book. One of the men marries a Peruvian woman who travels through horrific conditions to meet up with him again, traveling down the Amazon, getting lost in the jungle alone but eventually succeeding. Fascinating.

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Summer Eeewww!! This looks like a goodun! ;)

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