Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

Audiobook CD - 2009
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After finding a way to teach the ship's crew members to understand navigation, Nat, a self-taught mathematician and astronomer in eighteenth-century Salem, Massachusetts, writes down his explanations and compiles them into "The American Practical Navigator," also known as the "Sailors' Bible."
Publisher: [Charlottesville, Va.] : Greathall Productions, p2009
ISBN: 9781942968580
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (6.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Weiss, Jim
Alternative Title: Carry on, Mister Bowditch


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Dec 12, 2012

Because this biography is geared toward young readers, the writing is simple and straightforward. The story itself is the "pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps" account of Nat Bowditch, whose family's financial situation required him to stop his formal education after fifth grade and become an indentured servant. But Nat, who loved math, itched for knowledge and possessed the determination to teach himself what he was prevented from learning in a formal setting, becomes the late 18th century's foremost ocean navigator. His book, "The New American Practical Navigator," is still in use today. Inspiring.


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