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Longitude

The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of his Time

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This edition was published in by Walker & Company

Written in English

192 pages

The dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of one man's forty-year obsession to find a solution to the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day--"the longitude problem."

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.

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Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
October 30, 2007, Walker & Company
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Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of his Time
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Longitude: the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time
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2001, Walker Books
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2000, Hainan chu ban she
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October 1999, Tandem Library
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November 4, 1999, Fourth Estate
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May 15, 1998, Editions du Seuil
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June 4, 1998, Fourth Estate
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Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
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1996, Rizzoli
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March 15, 1996, Audio Renaissance
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Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
October 1, 1996, Penguin (Non-Classics)
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Longitude

First published in 1995



First Sentence

"Once on a Wednesday excursion when I was a little girl, my father bought me a beaded wire ball that I loved."

Work Description

The dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of one man's forty-year obsession to find a solution to the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day--"the longitude problem."

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.

Classifications

Library of Congress QB225 .S64 1995

Longitude

The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of his Time

This edition was published in by Walker & Company


First Sentence

"Once on a Wednesday excursion when I was a little girl, my father bought me a beaded wire ball that I loved."

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Number of pages
192
Dimensions
7.5 x 4.7 x 0.9 inches
Weight
9.6 ounces

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7876891M
ISBN 10
0802714625
ISBN 13
9780802714626
Library Thing
16307
Goodreads
4806

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