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This article examines the theoretical debates of geodesy, astronomy and the question of the arctic sublime. Maupertuis' voyage to the equator and the arctic was commissioned in order to determine the shape of the polar caps. The expedition was a testament of astronomical and geodesic techniques. Maupertuis painstakingly analyzed the physical, astronomical and cosmological evidence and conclusions presented by his predecessor Cassini. The precision of this complex methodological process not onlydoi:10.26337/2532-7623/HUGGINS doaj:ec01a67414c74efcae657003064d0012 fatcat:li7ajcxvazbzxgaxv3lvb2aoty