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    Who was Bowditch
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2005 Jan 31, 16:15 -0500

    By pure accident I found a comprehensive 168 pages
    biography of Nathaniel Bowdich, written
    by his children (unsigned).
    For the reasons unrelated to Cel Nav,
    I checked in our library the 1-st volume of
    Celestial Mechanics by
    Laplace. It turns out that this was translated
    into English by Bowditch. And his children wrote
    this long paper about him, included in Volume I,
    adding a portrait of him and his wife.
    The biography is quite entertaining.
    The precise reference is:
    "Celestial Mechanics" by Marquis de La Place,
    translated, with a commentary by Nathaniel Bowditch, LL.D,
    published in Boston in 1829, 1832, 1834 and 1839,
    in four volumes; what we have is a Chelsea reprint, NY 1966.

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