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

ISBN-10: 080271529X

ISBN-13: 9780802715296

Pub. Date: 10/30/2007

Publisher: Walker & Company

Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day—and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives and the increasing

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Overview

Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day—and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives and the increasing fortunes of nations hung on a resolution. One man, John Harrison, in complete opposition to the scientific community, dared to imagine a mechanical solution—a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land. Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a new window on our world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802715296
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
10/30/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
77,673
Product dimensions:
4.72(w) x 7.38(h) x 0.67(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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