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Peirce Geodetic Monument

Peirce Geodetic Monument
Year 1987
Type [1]
Dimensions 91 cm (3 ft); 46 cm diameter (1.5 ft); 180 cm (6 ft) diameter grating
Location Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

The Peirce Geodetic Monument is a marker honoring the late American [1]


The Peirce Geodetic Monument is made of [1] It is cylindrical in shape, 3 feet tall and 1.5 feet in diameter, with a top that tapers to a point topped with a metal disc. A metal grating 6 feet in diameter surrounds the base in two sections.

A plaque commemorating Charles Sanders Peirce is included on the side of the monument. A second plaque is located on the concrete bench behind the monument and describes the sculpture's functionality as a geodetic marker. The monument's metal top piece includes inscriptions of the exact latitude, longitude, and altitude that is useful for map creators, architects, landscapers, engineers, and scientists.[3] There are other markers by the Indianapolis government buildings, but the Peirce marker "will serve as a vertical and horizontal reference point".[3]


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. National Geodetic Survey donated and placed the marker on campus to honor Charles Sanders Peirce's contributions to multiple disciplines and IUPUI's work to compile his unpublished manuscripts.[3] IUPUI's Peirce Edition Project has been ongoing since 1976.[2] The IUPUI project is an attempt to publish Charles Sanders Peirce's hand-written manuscripts and put them in chronological order.[4] As of April 2010, Volumes 1-6[4] and 8[5] of the anticipated thirty volumes have been published. The artist or manufacturer of the monument is unknown.

The [1]

A Smithsonian Institution, specifically the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Throughout the 1990s, over 7,000 volunteers nationwide have cataloged and assessed the condition of over 30,000 publicly accessible statues, monuments, and sculptures installed as outdoor public art across the United States.[6]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Global Positioning: Magnetism and Pragmatism Put IUPUI on the Map" (PDF). Next Steps. 2001. 
  2. ^ a b c (Press release). News Bureau. 1987-06-24. 
  3. ^ a b c  
  4. ^ a b "News from the Peirce Edition Project - June 2009". The Peirce Edition Project. June 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  5. ^ See IUP catalog page for v. 8Writings, accessed 2010-4-25 (as of which date, publication remains unannounced at PEP Website). Regarding v. 7, see 2009-03-18 peirce-l post by Cornelis de Waal (v. 8 editor).
  6. ^ "About SOS!". 2009. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 

External links

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Geodetic Survey
  • Peirce Edition Project

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