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Longitude 23 editions

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

About the Book

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

23 editions

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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
Paperback in English - Reprint edition
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October 11, 2005, RH Audio
Audio CD in English - Unabridged edition
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2001, Walker Books
E-book in English
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Jing du: xun zhao di qiu ke du de ren = Longitude
2000, Hainan chu ban she
in Chinese - 880-03 Di 1 ban.
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November 4, 1999, Fourth Estate
Paperback - New Ed edition
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October 1999, Tandem Library
in English
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May 15, 1998, Editions du Seuil
Mass Market Paperback in French / français
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May 1998, Debate
Paperback in Spanish / español
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June 4, 1998, Fourth Estate
Paperback in English - New Ed edition
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October 29, 1998, Fourth Estate
Hardcover
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1996, Rizzoli
in Italian
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December 2, 1996, HarperCollins Audio
Audio cassette - Abridged Ed edition
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Longitude: The True Story of the Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
March 15, 1996, Audio Renaissance
Audio cassette in English - Abridged edition
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January 1995, Books on Tape
Audio Cassette - Unabridged edition
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