Compass: A Story of Exploration and Innovation

Compass: A Story of Exploration and Innovation

by Alan Gurney
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393050734

ISBN-13: 9780393050738

Pub. Date: 05/19/2004

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc

"This is the history of the most important navigational device of all time, the magnetic compass, born of the need for a reliable means of navigating treacherous sea routes around the globe. Compass chronicles the misadventures of those who attempted to perfect the instrument - so precious to sixteenth-century seamen that by law, any man found tampering with it had…  See more details below

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"This is the history of the most important navigational device of all time, the magnetic compass, born of the need for a reliable means of navigating treacherous sea routes around the globe. Compass chronicles the misadventures of those who attempted to perfect the instrument - so precious to sixteenth-century seamen that by law, any man found tampering with it had his hand pinned to the mast with a dagger." Compass is organized in loosely chronological order - with detours for particularly significant people or topics - in twenty-one short chapters.

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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