Film, Video Expedition to the Equator: A Scientific Adventure Story

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Title
Expedition to the Equator: A Scientific Adventure Story
Summary
Ricardo V. Luna holds a conversation with Larrie D. Ferreiro, whose latest book describes an 18th-century scientific expedition to the equator to determine the true shape of the Earth. Ferreiro's new book tells the story of a 10-year scientific expedition to the equator to resolve the mystery surrounding the shape of the Earth. It was known that the Earth was not a perfect sphere, but scientists did not know if it was elongated or flattened at the poles. As a Washington Post book review asked, did the planet look like an egg standing upright in its carton or like an exercise ball when someone sat on it?
Event Date
October 25, 2011
Notes
-  Ricardo V. Luna is a distinguished visiting scholar at the John W. Kluge Center and former ambassador of Peru to the United States.
-  Larrie D. Ferreiro is an award-winning science writer whose latest book is "Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World."
Related Resources
John W. Kluge Center: http://www.loc.gov/kluge/
Running Time
1 hours, 20 minutes, 52 seconds
Language
Online Format
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