Scientific Surveys in British India: A Survey, 1760–1900

Deepak Kumar

Whatever charges may be imputable to the managers of the Company, the neglect of useful science, however, is not among the number. The employing of geographers, and surveying pilots in India; and the providing of astronomical instruments, and the holding out of encouragement to such as should use them, indicate, at least, a spirit somewhat above the mere consideration of gain.


James Rennell, 1788

The practical object which has led to inquiries of this character has in all cases been the desire to obtain a full knowledge of the country with a view to the commercial utilisation of this knowledge …. It may be added, however, that perhaps the greater part of our knowledge ...

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