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Newton and surveying


How does Newton relate to surveying?

photo of two fig newtonsIn the 18th century Newton postulated that the earth was like a sphere, but that it bulged at the equator.

Geodetic expeditions to Lapland (1736-1737) and Peru (1735-1741) proved Newton correct. At that time if was felt that image of oblate spheroidthe simplest mathematical surface to represent the earths shape was the oblate spheroid.

The oblate spheroid is constructed by taking a plane curve shaped object and rotating it about its minor axis.

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