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Longitude : the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time

Author: Dava Sobel
Publisher: Oxford : ISIS Pub., 1997.
Edition/Format:   Large print book : Biography : English
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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. The scientific establishment of Europe--from Galileo to Sir Issac 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: John Harrison; John Harrison; John Harrison
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dava Sobel
ISBN: 0753150360 9780753150368 0753150379 9780753150375
OCLC Number: 38036974
Description: 163 p. (large print) ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Dava Sobel.

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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. The scientific establishment of Europe--from Galileo to Sir Issac 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 a dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and 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.

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