"Wading through the physics of it all, the Carters manage to convey a sense of Earth's dynamic nature—the swiftness of its transformations—and the impermanence of all things measured."
The Carters, a father-daughter geodesist-astronomer team, tell the story of how an actuary at a life-insurance company, in 1891, came to understand latitudinal variation and nail down its law.
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