Reply to post: Re: Copyright and Mathematical Tables

Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

J P

Re: Copyright and Mathematical Tables

"Cartographers are said to have done similar things with maps"

Cartographers have definitely done similar things with maps - I used a non-existent barn in Bedfordshire (OS landranger sheet 165) as a tie breaker question in a club mini-rally (What's special about the barn at grid reference XXXYYY?), and also been caught out instructing my driver to turn left at the barn while rallying somewhere in Scotland (that was in the late 1990s; the driver besmirched my map-reading skills, but much to my delight there was an item in the national press a few days after the rally confirming legal action between two road atlas manufacturers on similar grounds, vindicating my original instruction; IIRC, it was the AA who'd been copying OS maps, including the errors).

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