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First published in 1996, Dava Sobel's story of an epic scientific quest - how to calculate longitude. The thorniest scientific problem of the day had occupied scientists and their patrons for the better part of two centuries until John Harrison dared to imagine a mechanical solution. The story encompasses astronomy, navigation and clockmaking.

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Gold Gato, June 9, 2013 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
He was one of just two survivors who washed ashore, after their fleet hit the rocks of Scilly and more than two thousand men went to their watery graves in just minutes. He was barely conscious but alive. He was Sir Clowdisley, the admiral of the tragic fleet, and he had mistakenly steered his ships to disaster. One of his sailors tried to call attention to the upcoming catastrophe...but was immediately hanged. Inferior seamen were not allowed to keep their own calculations of maritime reckoning, not in 1707. Karma had the last laugh, as the Admiral went to his own reckoning. A beachcomber found the bedraggled officer...and immediately murdered him for the ring on his finger.

So begins this book's quest to tell the story of the desperate need to solve the problem of finding longitude while at sea. One group of scientists believed the moon and the stars held the secret, while another group focused on clocks. John Harrison was the nondescript genius who found the answer, but then had to spend the rest of his years fighting the establishment to get the recognition and the reward.

This book ended much too quickly. It's a bit of a whirlwind through the entire period, and I really wished for more background on each character. But, a good ride is a good ride. Amazingly, Harrison's first three clocks continue to tick centuries later, which is quite an achievement. Were he alive today, he would surely be part of the Google workplace.

Book Season = Winter (when the Atlantic is most angry)
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ISBN:
9781857025712
Author:
SOBEL, DAVA
Publisher:
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
Location:
N
Copyright:
Edition Description:
NEW ED
Publication Date:
19980604
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
177 x 110 in.

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"Synopsis" by , First published in 1996, Dava Sobel's story of an epic scientific quest - how to calculate longitude. The thorniest scientific problem of the day had occupied scientists and their patrons for the better part of two centuries until John Harrison dared to imagine a mechanical solution. The story encompasses astronomy, navigation and clockmaking.
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