Is there any definition to "Nautical Science"

Is that a science?
A science has to be defined in ordeer to establish the associate body of knowledge.

Here is a definition as good as any:

Google says that it is the. body of knowledge that makes possible the network of world wide marine transportation.

I have a HND in it!

If you have to ask it probably means you should go with “nautical science.”

I would guess that the term science is a holdover from the age of exploration.

I think that back in the days of early (15th and 16th century) explorers navigation was an art.

Modern education marketers probably changed the term from navigational arts because people thought that meant painting pictures of ships.

Also, a lot of people who are willing to pay for science education balk at paying for arts classes because everyone knows art students are all socialists, or liberals at the very least.

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what is the definition of “Nautical Science”?

my dictionary says “a piece of paper that has no value” seems to date from 1938 and was adopted by the USMMA


And, of course, students of the arts are doomed to starvation unless they find a career in the fast food industry.

Yes, the term science likely came later but nautical science itself advanced a great deal during the age of exploration. Columbus had some knowledge of celestial but used DR. Later explorers used more advanced methods Maybe the motivation came from the commercial side.

The body of knowledge would include, navigation, meteorology, oceanography, cartography.

I knew there would be colorful pictures of sea serpents and bare breasted women.

The 1977 edition of Bowditch has a good chapter on the history of navigation. It’s Volume I, chapter 1 page 1.

According to that article navigation began it’s transformation from art to science 6000 to 8000 years ago.

The current edition starts with “Introduction to Marine Navigation”

Marine navigation is a blend of both science and art. A
key union between the knowledge of theory, the application
of mathematics and the exercise
of seafaring instincts that
have proven to be the crucial elements behind successful

As far as cartography Bowditch mentions Thales of Miletus who is believed to have developed gnomonic projection. Thales of Miletus was "founder of Greek geometry, astronomy and philosophy; and a navigator and cartographer."

I hope you know I totally agree with that fact. I’m just having a bit of fun with the idea that someone felt the need to ask “what is the difference …”

I also believe that a successful practitioner of the science of marine engineering must also have a full appreciation of the art. The “art” component is what separates a navigator or an engineer from a programmable controller.

Thank you by the ideas.
but I still think this should be defined in order to have development and research and impprovement.
Some of characteristics of science is: -Science is
can make predictions


According to google (the third definition) Science is a “body of knowledge”.

Your post seems to be about the methods of science.

If you’re asking are mariners today scientists the answer is no. More so back in the age of exploration.

You seem to have ignored the fact that you are dealing with sailors, most of the items in your list do not apply.

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sailor apply the methods and procedures that must have been developed somehow or by the scientific method

for exemple the celestial navigation has gone through some of those steps

Pay for education? :laughing:

What next, pay for healthcare?

Don Your Back - :grinning:

don rickles

This is a list of the some elements used in the scientific method. Of course people make use of these elements in their day to day lives. Elements of the scientific method are also used in the discipline of navigation