The Quest for Longitude: The Proceedings of the Longitude Symposium, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 4-6, 1993

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The Quest for Longitude is a book for students and for teachers, for collectors and for scholars, and for the thousands of people who, having enjoyed Sobel's Longitude, desire a well-illustrated reference that describes in detail the many fascinating devices and the intriguing characters who, by solving the ancient problem of finding longitude at sea, changed the world forever. 250 illustrations, 120 in color.
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After 1492, a key component of global dominance by the major seafaring European nations was the knowledge of latitude/longitude, whether on land or sea. Means of establishing latitude were developed, but methods for determining longitude (the measurement of lunar distances or eclipses on Jupiter's satellites) remained imperfect. A third method using "marine timekeepers," or chronometers, was the object of a competitive struggle eventually won by clockmaker John Harrison. These papers by 20 leading scholars and experts, presented at a 1993 conference, capture in their excellent writing and well-researched history the people and the technological demands involved in the creation of these unique clocks, where an error in seconds puts one miles off course. Also covered is the interplay of science, politics, and economics. The 260 illustrations are beautifuly reproduced; many have never been published before. Required for history of science and horology collections. [Dava Sobel covered this same symposium for Harvard Magazine and later wrote the best-selling Longitude, LJ 9/15/95.-Ed.]-Michael D. Cramer, Raleigh, N.C.
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Any armchair navigator or scientist who was captivated by Dava Sobel's bestselling but brief 1995 book, Longitude, can wallow at length in the subject with this comprehensive volume based on a 1993 symposium (which was also the origin of Sobel's book). The historical, scientific, and technological aspects of what editor Andrewes (curator of Harvard's Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments) calls "the longitude problem" are examined in detail. Attractively designed, this large volume is lavishly illustrated in both color and black-and-white.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964432901
  • Publisher: Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments
  • Publication date: 10/15/1996
  • Pages: 437
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 1.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Opening Address at the Longitude Symposium 11
La Salle: When Ignorance Was Death 13
Finding the Point at Sea 19
Longitude in the Context of: Mathematics 33
Longitude in the Context of: Navigation 43
Longitude in the Context of: Cartography 49
Longitude in the Context of: History of Science 63
The Longitude Problem: The Navigator's Story 71
Longitude and the Satellites of Jupiter 85
The Longitude Timekeepers of Christian Huygens 101
In the Wake of the Act, but Mainly Before 115
Cranks and Opportunists: "Nutty" Solutions to the Longitude Problem 133
The Lunar-Distance Method of Measuring Longitude 149
'John Harrison, Clockmaker at Barrow; Near Barton upon Humber; Lincolnshire': The Wooden Clocks, 1713-1730 167
Even Newton Could Be Wrong: The Story of Harrison's First Three Sea Clocks 189
The Timekeeper that Won the Longitude Prize 235
The Scandalous Neglect of Harrison's Regulator Science 255
Ferdinand Berthoud and Pierre Le Roy: Judgement in the Twentieth Century of a Quarrel Dating from the Eighteenth Century 281
Thomas Mudge and the Longitude: A Reason to Excel 293
Arnold and Earnshaw: The Practicable Solution 311
Lecture introduction: James Arthur: Pioneer Collector and Benefactor 331
Watchmaking in the Twenty-First Century: The Renaissance of the Mechanic 339
Appendix A: Acknowledgements
i. Subscribers to this volume 352
ii. Contributors of materials and information 354
Appendix B The Longitude Symposium
i. Background to the conference 358
ii. Conference information 363
iii. Special exhibitions 368
Appendix C Translations of the Earliest Documents Describing the Principal Methods Used to Find Longitude at Sea 375
Appendix D Finding Local Time at Sea, and the Instruments Employed 393
Bibliography 405
Index 423
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