Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time / Edition 10

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time / Edition 10

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by Dava Sobel
     
 

The thorniest scientific dilemma of the eighteenth century was "the longitude problem." Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors had long been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. John Harrison devised a clock that would keep precise time at sea -- something no clock had ever been able to do on land.See more details below

Overview

The thorniest scientific dilemma of the eighteenth century was "the longitude problem." Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors had long been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. John Harrison devised a clock that would keep precise time at sea -- something no clock had ever been able to do on land.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802714626
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Edition description:
10th Anniversary Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.52(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
1.Imaginary Lines1
2.The Sea Before Time11
3.Adrift in a Clockwork Universe21
4.Time in a Bottle34
5.Powder of Sympathy41
6.The Prize51
7.Cogmaker's Journal61
8.The Grasshopper Goes to Sea74
9.Hands on Heaven's Clock88
10.The Diamond Timekeeper100
11.Trial by Fire and Water111
12.A Tale of Two Portraits126
13.The Second Voyage of Captain James Cook138
14.The Mass Production of Genius152
15.In the Meridian Courtyard165
Sources177
Index181

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