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The illustrated longitude

Author: Dava Sobel; William J H Andrewes
Publisher: New York : Walker, [1998] ©1998
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This fully illustrated edition of the international best-seller Longitude recounts in words and images the epic quest to solve the greatest scientific problem of the eighteenth and three prior centuries: determining how a captain could pinpoint his ship's location at sea. All too often, voyages ended in disaster when crew and cargo were either lost at sea or destroyed upon the rocks of an unexpected landfall.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: John Harrison; John Harrison; John 1693-1776 Harrison
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dava Sobel; William J H Andrewes
ISBN: 0802713440 9780802713445
OCLC Number: 38936728
Notes: Originally published: Longitude. New York : Walker, 1995.
Description: 216 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Imaginary lines --
Sea before time --
Adrift in a clockwork universe --
Time in a bottle --
Powder of sympathy --
Prize --
Cogmaker's journal --
Grasshopper goes to sea --
Hands on heaven's clock --
Diamond timekeeper --
Trial by fire and water --
Tale of two portraits --
Second voyage of Captain James Cook --
Mass production of genius --
In the meridian courtyard.
Responsibility: Dava Sobel and William J.H. Andrewes.
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This fully illustrated edition of the international best-seller Longitude recounts in words and images the epic quest to solve the greatest scientific problem of the eighteenth and three prior centuries: determining how a captain could pinpoint his ship's location at sea. All too often, voyages ended in disaster when crew and cargo were either lost at sea or destroyed upon the rocks of an unexpected landfall. Thousands of lives and the fortunes of nations hung on a resolution. Governments established prizes for anyone whose method or device proved successful. The scientific establishment, certain that a celestial answer would be found, invested untold effort in this pursuit. By contrast, John Harrison built the unimaginable: a clock that told perfect time at sea, known today as the chronometer. Harrison's trials and tribulations during his forty-year quest to win the prize are the culmination of this remarkable story.--From publisher description.

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