The Architecture books are in the process of uploading to the site. It’s well over 8gb comprised of 249 books so it’s taking a while. They should all be online and available by some time Friday afternoon or early evening. I’ll put the index online as soon as the files upload is completed.
The two new Categories I’m working on at present are GEODESY and ASTRONOMY.
Geodesy, for those not familiar with the term, is basically the science and math that underlies Surveying, Navigation, Mapmaking and to some extent Astronomy. It is the theoretical and practical techniques for determining a location generally using triangulation from two other known points.
The problem comes from how you establish the FIRST absolute known point from which to start measuring all others. Geodesy applies pure and applied math to the problem of using observations and measurements to determine absolute locations and using additional observation and measurements to increase the accuracy of already existing data.
That’s a simple way to describe it but I think it captures the essence of it.
Geodesy has increasingly fallen by the wayside as GPS and radio measurement has replaced earlier visual observations and measurements. While that has provided us with more accurate ways to measure the absolute location of points on Earth relative to one another it has one flaw. It depends 100% on satellites, electronics and modern technology.
Somewhat like the predicament of a Carrier Battle Group, since the U.S. Naval Academy no longer teaches celestial navigation, if there were an EMP event that took out the GPS satellites and their radios which I have mentioned in the past. It’s hard to revert to an older technology when no one studies it any longer.
The principles and science of Geodesy detailed in these books has, perhaps not surprisingly, not changed significantly in the hundred of so years since they were written. Without the assistance of radio and GPS the principles in these books still apply just as they did when the books were written.
I don’t need to tell you what Astronomy is. The field of Astronomy has advanced by tremendous amounts since the 1800s and early 1900s due to both theoretical breakthroughs and technology advances. But therein lies the rub. The advances in astronomy do depend very heavily on technology which would simply not exist in the aftermath of a worldwide EMP event from a solar flare. It would probably be several generations before technology was rebuilt to the point where advanced astronomy once again became viable.
These books are important not so much for the “science” and “theory” they contain since we know so much more about stars, the sun, other planets and every other facet of astronomy than we did in those days. We have advanced knowledge of objects and phenomenon of whose very existence astronomers in the 1800s and early 1900s were completely unaware.
That being said the astronomy of the 1800s and early 1900s was based purely on theoretical and, more importantly, OBSERVATIONAL technology.
There are a lot of technologies based on astronomical observation; Navigation, Surveying, Map Making, Geodesy, Weather Forecasting and others. The techniques and science of pure observational astronomy have been lost to a large degree except among amateur astronomers. The vast majority of amateur astronomers use optical technology and techniques not significantly different from professional astronomers of the 1800s and early 1900s. While many of them do use advanced technology for tracking, calculations, photography and other tasks the basic techniques and technology described in these books is still alive and well in the amateur astronomical community.
So these books are quite pertinent and useful, not so much for the theoretical science and explanations for astronomical phenomenon, but for the information which can be gleaned from them on Observational and Optical Astronomy which is what would be available to survivors of an EMP event trying to rebuild their world.
The Geodesy and Astronomy categories should be available within the next couple of weeks. Geodesy probably sometime next week and Astronomy a week or two after that.
p.s. I’m also working, as time allows, on migrating the site itself to a new platform, probably Joomla or something similar since WordPress has limitations and restrictions that are becoming increasingly frustrating.