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Old 12-03-2013, 08:03 AM
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Originally Posted by CalMeacham View Post
the NESFA press edition of volume III of Clement's works has a cover image of Mesklin as a very oblate spheroid, as you'd expect. Clement himself observes, in one of the supplementary articles to that volume, that he did a more careful computer simulation much later and concluded that the real shape differed from what he had originally expected. I'm more than a little curious about what that shape would be. a freshman-level physics analysis still gives that oblate sphere, and I'm wondering what new details crop up to spoil that simple picture.


http://www.isfdb.org/wiki/images/7/7...NTLHLC2000.jpg

cover of the first edition, which is similar:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mi...ity(1stEd).jpg
IIRC, Hal's new calculations still came up with an oblate spheroid, but he had miscalculated just how oblate it had to be.