The American Practical Navigator 2017 Volume 1 edition returns to a two-volume format. The American Practical Navigator, first published in 1802, was billed as the ‘epitome of navigation’ by its original author, Nathaniel Bowditch. The text has evolved with the advances in navigation practices since that first issue and continues to serve as a valuable reference for marine navigation in the modern day. The publication describes in detail the principles and factors of navigation, including piloting, electronic navigation, celestial navigation, mathematics, safety, oceanography and meteorology. It also contains various tables used in typical navigational calculations and solutions, including the formulas used to derive the tabular data.
About the Author
Nathaniel Bowditch was an American mathematician who lived from 1773 to 1838. He is often credited as the founder of modern maritime navigation. His book The New American Practical Navigator, first published in 1802, is still carried on board every commissioned U.S. Naval vessel. Bowditch was election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society. His international was such that he was elected as a member of the Royal Societies of Edinburgh, and London, and the Royal Irish Academy.