Applying Mathematics to Astro Navigation

A new book in the series Astro Navigation Demystified.

DrawingRusslatest2Although this book is primarily a learning aid, It will appeal to anyone with a fascination of the sea.  It’s aims are to  demonstrate the application of mathematics to astro navigation and also to provide a system of astro navigation which could be used in circumstances where navigators are faced with problems caused by failure of satellite navigation systems.

Russia is one of the few countries in the world to acknowledge the educational value of astro navigation which is a fascinating subject that encompasses many areas of knowledge including geography, astronomy, history and mathematics.

The book will take you on a voyage of discovery in search of knowledge of the principles underlying astro navigation.  It will also help you to appreciate the inter-relatedness of the various disciplines that are encompassed by the subject for which mathematics provides the binding medium.

Apart from the educational value of the book, it also provides you with a practical method of navigating by the Sun without reliance upon nautical almanacs or expensive equipment such as chronometers, or satellite navigation systems.

Few navigation books describe techniques that involve first principles; instead they mostly describe methods which rely upon the use of tables of computed data and rote-learned procedures.  There is obviously very little educational value in such techniques; far better that students should be helped to discover and apply the underlying principles for themselves.  Accordingly, the approach adopted in this book involves putting the student in the place of a navigator who has no automated navigation equipment, nautical almanac, chronometer or ‘Sat. Nav.’ and who must therefore discover a means of navigating without them.  To this end, students are guided through a method for calculating a position on the Earth’s surface by the use of spherical trigonometry without reliance upon such aids.

it does also provide a system of astro navigation which could be used in circumstances where navigators are faced with problems caused by failure of satellite navigation systems.  What is more, the system does not rely on the use of chronometers or nautical almanacs and for this reason it could safely be used in circumstances where such aids are not available.

This brand new book by the author of Astro Navigation Demystified is available through Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Applying-Mathematics-Astro-Navigation-Demystified/dp/1496012062/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1393696809&sr=1-2&keywords=astro+navigation

 

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