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Jewish Scientists and the Origin of Modern Navigation

STANDING ON THE WINDSWEPT SHORES of the Atlantic west of Lisbon in 1400, it would be hard to imagine the dizzyingly rapid set of changes that the next hundred years would bring. A simple fisherman watching the waters of the Tagus River slide smoothly into the Atlantic would have seen simple blue and white fishing boats setting out in search of sardines and tuna. His grandson, standing on those same shores a hundred years later, would observe a different scene. Alongside the customary low-slung blue and white fishing boats gliding out to sea would be tall-masted ships, called caravels and naus. These new, towering seagoing vessels would slip easily into the ocean, their long ropes slapping against the wooden masts as the sails were raised, sturdy sails snapping as they caught the wind, setting forth for worlds unimagined even a hundred years before. While the waters of the Tagus would glide into the North Atlantic on 1 January 1500 just as they had on 1 January 1400, the fisherman's grandchild standing at the mouth of the Tagus would know that a vast, previously unattainable world was now reachable beyond those shores.

Jewish Scientists and the Origin of Modern NavigationPatricia SeedSTANDING ON THE WINDSWEPT SHORES of the Atlantic west of Lisbon in 1400, it would be hard to imagine the dizzyingly rapid set of changes that the next hundred years would bring. A si
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