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Today is Nathaniel Bowditch's Birthday!

A Bowditch-Lissajous Curve

Born:  March 26, 1773
in Salem, MA

Died:  March 16, 1838
in Boston, MA

Bowditch's New American Practical Navigator (1802) became known as "the seaman's Bible" and is still published.  He loved to carry out complex mathematical computations and eventually became one of the very first Americans to receive international acclaim.