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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 the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day—and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout 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.

The scientific establishment of Europe—from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton—had mapped the heavens in both hemispheres in its certain pursuit of a celestial answer. In stark contrast, one man, John Harrison, dared to imagine a mechanical solution—a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able 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, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a new window on our world.

Book News Annotation:

This smart little (5x7.5") book contains the engrossing story of John Harrison's (1693-1776) 40-year obsession with the "the longitude problem" which resulted in what is known today as the chronometer, a tool that finally made accurate ocean navigation possible.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-180) and index.

About the Author

Dana Sobel is the bestselling author of Longitude, Galileo's Daughter, The Planets, co-author of The Illustrated Longitude, and editor of Letters to Father. She lives in East Hampton, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802713124
Subtitle:
The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
Author:
Sobel, Dava
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Clock and watch makers
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Inventions
Subject:
Navigation
Subject:
Harrison, john, 1693-1776
Subject:
Scientists - Inventors
Subject:
Longitude
Subject:
Chronometers
Subject:
Clock and watch makers -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Subject:
Historia Da Ciencia
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geography
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Clocks & Watches
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
Science & Technology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
199
Publication Date:
19951101
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.38 x 4.50 in

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