"Nathaniel Bowditch was the fourth of seven children of Habakkuk and Mary (nee Ingersoll) Bowditch." page 158
He taught himself the mathematics and practice of navigation, then made several voyages as a member of the crew, typically involved in navigation. He soon recognized that many of the published resources for navigation were filled with errors. He began to work on procedures and techniques to improve navigational accuracy, eventually leading to the publishing of 'The New American Practical Navigator' with Bowditch as the author. page 158
He put his actuarial skills to use professionally as an executive of the Essex Fire and Marine Insurance Company in Salem. page 158
He continued to be interested in Astronomy, particularly logging observations of comets and calculating their trajectories. page 158-9
"Bowditch's best-known work is a translation of Laplace's monumental 'Mechanique celeste' into English. But Bowditch did much more than translate Laplace. He added a great deal of commentary to make the work more comprehensible, and paid for it's publication at his own expense." page 159
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On 27 Jun 2017 at 10:37 GMT Debi (McGee) Hoag wrote:
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