Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Welcome CROATIA to the European Union! Did Someone Say "Borders" ?

Welcome CROATIA to the European Union!

Did someone say borders?

The EU has something to do with reducing the importance of borders, which have been of importance to human society since ancient eras. Nevertheless, the borders of the Member States still stand, even if they are members of the EU.

Why do we seem to need some kinds of borders?

Our last two postings involved land survey by astronomy in ancient days.

Land ownership and land survey go hand in hand as a matter of law.

Land surveying plays an essential role in nation-building, and some understanding of land survey is essential to comprehend any ancient city-state or modern country or nation, or a union such as the EU, none of which could exist without some kind of land survey.

The measurement problems posed by land surveying on a large scale prior to the age of GPS follow us from early technological eras down to the present day, and this applies even to the borders of some States of the United States.

Ivars Peterson at the Mathematical Tourist in Rectangular States and Kinky Borders talks about the fact that some of the borders of U.S. States have land surveying anomalies and are not as perfectly straight as they are shown on maps. Take a look at at that short but informative piece.

See also:
  • The Mathematics of Surveying Part I by Tony Phillips of Stony Brook University.
  • The Mathematics of Surveying: Part II. The Planimeter by Bill Casselman, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

  • C.A. White, History of the Rectangular Survey System, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, Pdf Version modified from scans by NATIONAL TECHNICAL INFORMATION SERVICE, SPRINGFIELD, VA 22161. The 46MB searchable PDF takes quite a bit of time to load.

    Bernard Hostrop, Surveyor General of the United States in 1983, writes there by way of introduction:

    "With its beginning more than two hundred years ago, the United States Rectangular Survey System is typically, and yet somewhat uniquely, a record of the American frontier spirit blended with the concept of government for the people."
Read all that and you will appreciate the land survey accomplishments of the ancients.

See my two previous postings about alleged Old World surveyors and ancient land surveying.

See also Three Mount Rushmore Presidents Were Land Surveyors: The Territorial Imperative: You Have to Understand the Importance of Property in Law, Politics and History: LAND not POTS ruled

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