The Measurement Man - The long shadow of a cultural icon

  • 2008-03-31
Countries take great pride in their UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and in the Baltics these are pretty special spots. But few are aware that one of the local winners of this accolade is a place in the mind rather than a man-made or natural wonder. Despite lacking the “wow” factor of Tallinn’s Old Town or the Curonian Spit, the Struve Geodetic Arc is a monument to human curiosity and energy. Since the 16th century people had known that the world was round, but a bit later Sir Isaac Newton speculated that it might flatten near the poles. So in the early 1800s, Baltic German scientis...
 
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