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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 in New York.

Written in English

184 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
September 15, 2005, Walker & Company
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October 11, 2005, RH Audio
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September 5, 2005, FOURTH ESTATE (HCOL)
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September 5, 2005, Harper Perennial
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September 5, 2005, Harper Perennial
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2003, RB Large Print
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April 1, 2003, Berliner Taschenbuchverlag
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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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July 1999, ISIS Large Print Books
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October 29, 1998, Fourth Estate
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January 1998, Isis
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June 4, 1998, Fourth Estate
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May 1998, Debate
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May 15, 1998, Editions du Seuil
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1998, Fourth Estate
in English
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The illustrated longitude
1998, Walker
in English
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Längengrad
May 1, 1998, btb
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March 15, 1996, Audio Renaissance
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December 2, 1996, HarperCollins Audio
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1996, Rizzoli
in Italian
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Longitude: l'histoire vraie du génie solitaire qui résolut le plus grand problème scientifique de son temps
December 1, 1996, J.-C. Lattès
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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: The true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time
1996, Fourth Estate
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January 1995, Books on Tape
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Longitude

First published in 1998



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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."

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 .S63 1998, QB225 .S64 1995
Dewey 526/.62/09

Longitude

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

This edition was published in by Walker in New York.


Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-180) and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
526/.62/09
Library of Congress
QB225 .S64 1995

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL785217M
Internet Archive
longitudetruesto00sobe_0
ISBN 10
0802713122
LC Control Number
95017402
Library Thing
16307
Goodreads
1431204

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