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

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

by Dava Sobel, William J. H. Andrewes
     
 

To meet reader demand, here is an illustrated version of a universally acclaimed work published in 1995. Includes 110 color and 73 black & white illustrations.  See more details below

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To meet reader demand, here is an illustrated version of a universally acclaimed work published in 1995. Includes 110 color and 73 black & white illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Sobel's 1995 volume attracted a large audience, an unusual feat for a historical science title. Her text describes John Harrison's development of the chronometer, an instrument that measured time exactly while at sea and allowed mariners to calculate longitude for the first time and accurately navigate. This handsome edition is profusely illustrated with numerous annotated photos and paintings of the players and the machinery that led to the chronometer's creation.
From the Publisher

“Two respected tellers of the longitude tale have teamed up! Sobel 's compelling prose is coupled with colorful and detailed illustrations provided by Andrewes. This edition responds to entreaties by readers who loved Sobel's Longitude but who wanted pictures to go with it.” —Mercator's World

“Enormous care has been devoted to the illustrations and captions. Readers will finish this book considerably more educated about geography and navigation.” —USA Today

“This new illustrated edition of Sobel's 1995 study of Harrison's remarkable instrument strikingly illuminates this largely unknown but crucial discovery.” —Dallas Morning News

Library Journal - Booksmack!
After her runaway hit Longitude, Sobel republished her addictive tale of invention and discovery as a grown-up picture book-the kind, like Bryson's, that you just want to steal away with and dive into for a quiet afternoon. It is not just the attention to the visual that the two share, however. Fans who appreciate Bryson's smart style and the way his contributors create an open invitation to both learn and become obsessively fascinated will appreciate Sobel's detailed exploration of how John Harrison solved he problem of measuring time at sea, enabling the calculation of longitude. Longitude was adapted for an A&E series starring Jeremy Irons and Michael Gambon. It makes a nice extension to the book. Neal Wyatt, "RA Crossroads", Booksmack!, 12/2/10

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802713445
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.22(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.84(d)

Meet the Author

Dava Sobel is the author of the best-sellers Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, and the editor and translator of Letters to Father. She lives in East Hampton, New York.

William J. H. Andrewes is a museum consultant specializing in the history of scientific instruments and time measurement. He is the editor of The Quest for Longitude and lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

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