The assessment section sounds too much like an apology for Maskelyne. It wasn't just Sobel that paints Maskelyne in bad light - so to do many other writers. David S. Landes points out that Maskelyne initially was biased due to intellectual views on the matter but eventually came to hate Harrison. He refers to both Rupert Gould and G.H. Baillie as judging Maskelyne to be unfair to Harrison. Landes also points to the exchange between Maskelyne and Harrison in M's An Account of the Going of Mr. Harrison's Watch (London 1767) and in H's Remarks on a Pamphlet Lately Published by the Rev. Mr. Maskelyne under the Authority of the Board of Longitude (London 1767).
This section should avoid reference to Sobel exclusively and show a more balanced view - that many thought him unfair but that he had contributions to make nonetheless. Michael Daly 20:08, 2 October 2007 (UTC)
My understanding is that Maskelyne also inherited Tobias Mayer's lunar tables from James Bradley to whom the Board of Longitude sent them after Mayer sent them to the Admiralty in 1755, complete with the method of determining longitude. The tables and the method were widely known from that point on, I believe, long before Maskelyne "invented" his. Surely there should be some mention of this, unless I am mistaken (an ever present possibility) OsmNacht (talk) 09:40, 30 August 2014 (UTC)