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Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

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Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that “the longitude problem” was once the thorniest scientific quandary of the day-and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors during the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives and the increasing fortunes of nations hung on a resolution. One man, John Harrison, in complete opposition to the scientific community, dared to believe a mechanical solution-a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been ready to do on land. Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of Harrison’s forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, additionally it is an enchanting brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a new window on our world.

The thorniest scientific problem of the eighteenth century was once how to decide longitude. Many thousands of lives had been lost at sea over the centuries as a result of the inability to decide an east-west position. This is the engrossing story of the clockmaker, John “Longitude” Harrison, who solved the problem that Newton and Galileo had failed to overcome, yet claimed only half the promised rich reward.

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Author

Dava Sobel

Binding

Paperback

Brand

Baker and Taylor

EAN

9780007790166

EANList

9780007790166, 9780802715296

Edition

Reprint

ISBN

0007790163

ItemDimensions

741, hundredths-inches, 460, hundredths-inches, 45, hundredths-pounds, 62, hundredths-inches

Label

Walker Books

Languages

English, Published, English, Original Language, English, Unknown

Manufacturer

Walker Books

MPN

9780802715296

NumberOfItems

1

NumberOfPages

208

PackageDimensions

70, hundredths-inches, 720, hundredths-inches, 35, hundredths-pounds, 460, hundredths-inches

PackageQuantity

1

PartNumber

9780802715296

ProductGroup

Book

ProductTypeName

ABIS_BOOK

PublicationDate

2007-11-05

Publisher

Walker Books

ReleaseDate

2007-10-30

SKU

NEW-COMMON-57918

Studio

Walker Books

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