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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: London : Fourth Estate, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest, and of John Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, brilliance and the absurd, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking. Through Dava Sobel's consummate skill, Longitude will open a new window on our world for all who  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Biografi
Named Person: John Harrison; John Harrison; John Harrison; John Harrison
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dava Sobel
ISBN: 1857025024 9781857025026 1857025717 9781857025712 1857025490 9781857025491
OCLC Number: 35577973
Notes: First pubd.: New York : Walker, 1995.
Awards: Winner of British Book Award 1996
Description: viii, 184 pages ; 20 cm
Responsibility: Dava Sobel.

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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  Read more...

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