Books: Honorificabilitudinity

THE YANKEE STARGAZER: THE LIFE OF NATHANIEL BOWDITCH — Robert Elton Berry—Whittlesey ($2.50).

Astronomer Nathaniel Bowditch had the greatest single influence on U.S. navigation and seamanship. His Practical Navigator ("the seaman's Bible" —first published in 1802), revised and brought up to date by the U.S. Hydrographic Office, is still a standard text for U.S. seamen.

Since modest Biographer Berry has had the good sense to let Bowditch's story tell itself with a minimum of literary asides and insights, the result is a simple, read able, well-researched life of a remarkable American—a kind of...

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