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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: New York : Penguin, 1996, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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During the great age of exploration, the "longitude problem" was the gravest of scientific challenges. Without the ability to determine longitude, sailors and their ships were lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. In 1714, desperate for a solution, England's Parliament offered 20,000 pounds (the equivalent of millions of dollars today) to anyone who could solve the problem. With all the skill and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Named Person: John Harrison; John Harrison; John Harrison; John Harrison
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dava Sobel
ISBN: 0140258795 9780140258790 0802713122 9780802713124
OCLC Number: 35738057
Description: viii, 184 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
1. Imaginary Lines --
2. The Sea Before Time --
3. Adrift in a Clockwork Universe --
4. Time in a Bottle --
5. Powder of Sympathy --
6. The Prize --
7. Cogmaker's Journal --
8. The Grasshopper Goes to Sea --
9. Hands on Heaven's Clock --
10. The Diamond Timekeeper --
11. Trial by Fire and Water --
12. A Tale of Two Portraits --
13. The Second Voyage of Captain James Cook --
14. The Mass Production of Genius --
15. In the Meridian Courtyard --
Sources --
Index.
Responsibility: Dava Sobel.

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During the great age of exploration, the "longitude problem" was the gravest of scientific challenges. Without the ability to determine longitude, sailors and their ships were lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. In 1714, desperate for a solution, England's Parliament offered 20,000 pounds (the equivalent of millions of dollars today) to anyone who could solve the problem. With all the skill and storytelling ability of a great novelist, Dava Sobel captures the dramatic story at the heart of this epic scientific quest.

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