History of Surveying and Measurement


FIG Publication No. 50: History of Surveying. FIG Report 2010
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Journals and periodicals

From Misura della Base Trigonometria della via Appia. A Secchi, 1858. Courtesy Jan de Graeve.


The are no journals devoted solely to matters of interest in the history of surveying and measurement. There are however isolated technical papers in various journals in the fields of surveying, mathematics, astronomy and navigation. The only regular column that we are aware of is that by Silvio Bedini in the American surveying journal Professional Surveyor. This column started in 1985 and is still going on a bi-monthly basis. Among journals that contain occasional articles of interest are:

In addition the Archives or Proceedings of the conferences of a range of organisations can be a fruitful source for research.