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Title: Voyages of Discovery: The Figure of the Earth
Copy #: 1
Status: available
Duration: 0 hours, 59 minutes
Media: 1 DVD
Keywords: 18th century exploration

Description:

Episode 104, this is the incredible story of three French scientists who endured hell on earth in their heroic efforts to determine the shape of the planet in the 18th century. Louis Godin, Charles-Marie de La Condamine and Pierre Bouguer were not hardcore adventurers but academics sent off on what was described as the greatest expedition the world had ever seen - to travel to the equator to measure the curvature of the earth.