An edition of Longitude (1995)

Longitude

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

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An edition of Longitude (1995)

Longitude

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

  • 4.19 ·
  • 16 Ratings
  • 51 Want to read
  • 2 Currently reading
  • 18 Have read

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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Walker & Company
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English
Pages
192

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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
September 15, 2005, Walker & Company
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Longitude
July 1999, ISIS Large Print Books
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Längengrad
May 1, 1998, btb
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The illustrated longitude
1998, Walker, Walker & Company
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First Sentence

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

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Library of Congress
QB225 .S64 2005

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

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OL7876891M
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ISBN 10
0802714625
ISBN 13
9780802714626
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16307
Goodreads
4806

First Sentence

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

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