Joined: Oct. 2003
||Posted: Dec. 22 2003,12:35 am
I guess, if you travelled east-west only, you could work out the rate of deflection of north vs distance travelled, that would give you your latitude, although not which side of the equator you are on. then, if you stand very still, and it's a clear day, you could plot the time of the sunset and the bearing of the setting sun, which, coupled with the date would give you the ability to work out both your longitude and which side of the equator you are on.
you wouldn't even need to know the date if you could stay in the same spot long enough, you could make solar observations and derive the date from that. you still need an accurate watch though, which may as well have the date on it.
Sounds simple doesn't it? it all relies on some pretty extreme trig calculations which are best left to scientific calculators, but you could feasibly do them on paper if your name's albert einstein.
remember, nothing's impossible, just highly improbable.
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