Compass: A Story of Exploration and Innovation

Compass: A Story of Exploration and Innovation

by Alan Gurney
     
 

"The compass' rocky evolution is charted with an enthusiast's passion....A fascinating adventure."—Bernadette Murphy, Los Angeles TimesSee more details below

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"The compass' rocky evolution is charted with an enthusiast's passion....A fascinating adventure."—Bernadette Murphy, Los Angeles Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393050738
Publisher:
W W Norton & Co Inc
Publication date:
05/19/2004
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Dead reckoning19
Ch. 2Needle and stone31
Ch. 3The rose of the winds41
Ch. 4Variation and dip55
Ch. 5Edmond Halley, polymath69
Ch. 6To compass the globe77
Ch. 7Halleyan lines87
Ch. 8Dr. Gowin Knight and his magnetic machine99
Ch. 9Knight's compass109
Ch. 10The shocks of tempestuous seas119
Ch. 11Any old iron, any old iron135
Ch. 12The book of bearings149
Ch. 13The Flinders bar161
Ch. 14Soft iron, hard iron175
Ch. 15"An evil so pregnant with mischief"187
Ch. 16Deviation, the hydra-headed monster199
Ch. 17The "inextricable entangled web"211
Ch. 18Gray's binnacle225
Ch. 19Thomson's compass and binnacle235
Ch. 20The selling of a compass247
Ch. 21A question of liquidity261
Epilogue : from needle to spinning top273
AppDeviation277

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