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Duttons Nautical Navigation 15TH Editionby Benjamin Dutton
Synopses & Reviews
As paper navigational charts are replaced by vector images on computer screens, magnetic compasses enhanced by digital flux gate technology, and chronometers joined by atomic clocks, the demand has been mounting for an extensive update to the classic reference known worldwide as Dutton's. To meet the varied needs of today's recreational, naval, and commercial navigators the Naval Institute introduces this new edition of a guide that has remained the seafarers' choice for more than three-quarters of a century. It blends the traditional navigation techniques first compiled by Benjamin Dutton in 1926 with technological marvels of the twenty-first century to authoritatively cover all phases of surface navigation. For example, while the book acknowledges that many navigators still peer into the skies through sextant telescopes, it also helps them take full advantage of man-made Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites.
Valued as both an indispensable quick reference and a comprehensive text, Dutton's makes accessible such foreboding subjects as spherical trigonometry through the use of step-by-step explanations and examples that encourage practical use. To insure accuracy and relevancy, a board of experts made up of naval and Coast Guard officers, merchant mariners, accredited harbor pilots, and sea-service academy professors, has carefully reviewed this fifteenth edition. The result is an unparalleled treatment of the art and science of nautical navigation that both amateur and veteran navigators will use to safely navigate the waters of the world.
Book News Annotation:
Last revised in 1985, the long-lived seafarers' reference adds 21st century technology to traditional techniques to cover all phases of surface navigation. Originally written for midshipmen at the US Naval Academy, the current text is also intended for merchant mariners, recreational boaters, and navigational neophytes. Revising author Cutler (strategy and policy, Naval War College) takes a conversational tone and makes use of many examples, mnemonics, step-by-step explanations, and diagrams "to empower the reader in the use of such things as geodesy, spherical trigonometry, and hydrodynamics without becoming overly immersed in them." Oversize: 9x11.25<">.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Thomas J. Cutler has been a student, teacher, and practitioner of the navigational arts and sciences for nearly forty years while serving the Navy as a surface warfare officer in vessels ranging from patrol boats to aircraft carriers. He is the current author of The Bluejacket's Manual and other books and articles on naval topics.
Table of Contents
U.S. Naval Institute Navigation Board — Introduction to navigation — The navigational Earth — Nautical charts — Electronic charts — Navigational publications — Aids to navigation — Compasses — Navigational equipment — Dead reckoning — Tides — Currents — Piloting — Current sailing — Ship characteristics in piloting — Basic radio navigation — Hyperbolic navigation — Global positioning system — Inertial navigation — Navigational astronomy — Introduction to celestial navigation --
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