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Edward Wright (baptised 8 October 1561; died November 1615) was an English mathematician and cartographer noted for his book Certaine Errors in Navigation (1599; 2nd ed., 1610), which for the first time explained the mathematical basis of the Mercator projection, and set out a reference table giving the linear scale multiplication factor as a function of latitude, calculated for each minute of arc up to a latitude of 75. This was the essential step needed to make practical both the making and the navigational use of Mercator charts.

Wright was born at Garveston and educated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he became a fellow from 1587 to 1596. In 1589 the College granted him leave after Elizabeth I requested that he carry out navigational studies with a raiding expedition organised by the Earl of Cumberland to the Azores to capture Spanish galleons. The expedition's route was the subject of the first map to be prepared according to Wright's projection, which was published in Certaine Errors in 1599. The same year, Wright created and published the first world map produced in England and the first to use the Mercator projection since Gerardus Mercator's original 1569 map.

Not long after 1600 Wright was appointed as surveyor to the New River project, which successfully directed the course of a new man-made channel to bring clean water from Ware, Hertfordshire, to Islington, London. Around this time, Wright also lectured mathematics to merchant seamen, and from 1608 or 1609 was mathematics tutor to the son of James I, the heir apparent Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, until the latter's very early death at the age of 18 in 1612. A skilled designer of mathematical instruments, Wright made models of an astrolabe and a pantograph, and a type of armillary sphere for Prince Henry. In the 1610 edition of Certaine Errors he described inventions such as the "sea-ring" that enabled mariners to determine the magnetic variation of the compass, the sun's altitude and the time of day in any place if the latitude was known; and a device for finding latitude when one was not on the meridian using the height of the pole star.

Apart from a number of other books and pamphlets, Wright translated John Napier's pioneering 1614 work which introduced the idea of logarithms from Latin into English. This was published after Wright's death as A Description of the Admirable Table of Logarithmes (1616). Wright's work influenced, among other persons, Dutch astronomer and mathematician Willebrord Snellius; Adriaan Metius, the geometer and astronomer from Holland; and the English mathematician Richard Norwood, who calculated the length of a degree on a great circle of the earth using a method proposed by Wright.

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Total Books: 39
From Blood
2012 - From Blood (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781936467280
ISBN-10: 1936467283
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Smarter Than Me Success Starting a Business and Selling a Business to a ESOP
The Anglo-Burmese Student's Assistant Consisting Of Grammatical Notes
2010 - The Anglo-burmese Student's Assistant Consisting of Grammatical Notes [1877] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781120973504
ISBN-10: 1120973503
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Some Observations Made in Travelling Through France Italy
2010 - Some Observations Made in Travelling Through France Italy (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781153158770
ISBN-10: 1153158779
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Memorials Of God's Acre Being Monumental Inscriptions In The Isle Of Man Taken In The Summer Of 1797
Damnation Falls
2008 - Damnation Falls (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780312380014
ISBN-10: 0312380011
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Red Sky Lament
2007 - Red Sky Lament (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781847820112
ISBN-10: 1847820115
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Silver Face
2006 - Silver Face [A John Ray Horn Thriller] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780752864518
ISBN-10: 0752864513
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Clea's Moon
2006 - Clea's Moon [A John Ray Horn Thriller, Book 1] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780752876887
ISBN-10: 0752876880
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 4

While I Disappear
2005 - While I Disappear [John Ray Horn, Bk 2] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780425199596
ISBN-10: 0425199592
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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The Silver Face
2004 - The Silver Face (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780752852911
ISBN-10: 0752852914
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While I Disappear A John Ray Horn Novel
2004 - While I Disappear a John Ray Horn Novel (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780399151989
ISBN-10: 0399151982
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Clea's Moon
2004 - Clea's Moon [John Ray Horn, Bk 1] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780425195222
ISBN-10: 0425195228
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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The Great River Caper  Down the Mississippi Head to Toe
1999 - The Great River Caper Down the Mississippi Head to Toe (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780963602312
ISBN-10: 0963602314
Genre: Travel
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North Ferriby and the Bronze Age Boats
1994 - North Ferriby and the Bronze Age Boats (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780952482505
ISBN-10: 0952482509
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The Great Bicycle Caper  Across America on a Ten Speed
1993 - The Great Bicycle Caper Across America on a Ten Speed (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780963602305
ISBN-10: 0963602306
Genre: Travel
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Strangers Among Us
Strangers Among Us (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780385255325
ISBN-10: 0385255322
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Clea's Moon
Clea's Moon (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780399150470
ISBN-10: 0399150471
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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The Ferriby Boats Seacraft of the Bronze Age
The Ferriby Boats Seacraft of the Bronze Age (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780415025997
ISBN-10: 0415025990
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Edward Wright graphic work  painting An Arts Council exhibition 1985