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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 : Walker : Distributed by Holtzbrinck, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Hardcover anniversary ed., [10th anniversary ed., 2005 anniversary ed.]View 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: Biography
Biographies
History
Named Person: John Harrison; John Harrison
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dava Sobel
ISBN: 0802714625 9780802714626
OCLC Number: 61680251
Notes: Originally published: 1995.
Description: xiv, 184 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 20 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.

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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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