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An edition of Longitude (1995)

Longitude

the 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 story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time

  • 4.11 ·
  • 9 Ratings
  • 18 Want to read
  • 0 Currently reading
  • 10 Have read
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Publisher
Harper Perennial
Language
English
Pages
183

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This is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest - the search for the solution of how to calculate longitude and the unlikely triumph of an English genius.

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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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Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of his Time
September 15, 2005, Walker & Company
Hardcover in English
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Longitude
July 1999, ISIS Large Print Books
Paperback in English - Large Print Ed edition
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The illustrated longitude
1998, Walker
in English
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Längengrad
May 1, 1998, btb
Paperback in German
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Published in

London

Edition Notes

Originally published: U.S.: Walker, 1995; London: Fourth Estate, 1996.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Series
Stranger than -- 3, Stranger than -- 3.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
681.118092
Library of Congress
QB225 S62 2007

The Physical Object

Pagination
183 pages
Number of pages
183

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL32122018M
Internet Archive
longitudestoryof0000sobe
ISBN 10
0007241836
ISBN 13
9780007241835
OCLC/WorldCat
74521876

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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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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