Navigator & Scientist
by G. M. Badger
Australian National University Press, 1970, [First Edition], ISBN 0708100783, colour semi-attached frontispiece, colour plates, black and white photographs and illustrations, illustrated end-papers (maps), hardcover, dust-jacket
Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing to edges and corners, a little rubbing to top front cover, previous owners inscription on front end-papers, dust-jacket shows a little edge and shelf wear with a little rubbing to edges and corners, minor discolouration/fading to front and spine (see photographs)
"Cook was a formidable man: a powerful, meticulously painstaking, accurate, and patient. He was the supreme navigator of the eighteenth century, and his observations have been as valuable as they were diverse: from control of scurvy to determining the solar parallax, calculating lunar distances, and disproving the theory of a vast southern continent.
The considerable legacy of scientific accomplishments his voyages produced were the subjects of the 1969 Symposium sponsored by the Australian Academy of Science to commemorator Captain Cook's work in the Pacific. Six distinguished scientists and historians delivered addresses on Cook and his scientific companions, the observations at Tahiti, his work as a scientist and navigator, the botany of the South Pacific region, and the Great Barrier Reef (on which Cook nearly came to grief).
This book significantly expands our knowledge of Cook. His voyages and achievements will be as stimulating to those of inquiring minds as they have been challenging to scientists from his own day to ours."