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The thorniest scientific problem of the eighteenth century was how to determine longitude. Many thousands of lives had been lost at sea over the centuries due to the inability to determine an east-west position. This is the engrossing story of the clockmaker, John "Longitude" Harrison, who solved the problem that Newton and Galileo had failed to conquer, yet claimed only half the promised rich reward. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This look at the scientific quest to find a way for ships at sea to determine their longitude was a PW bestseller for eight weeks.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I just loved this little book. I an not adept in science but I enjoy reading about the history of the world's most important discoveries. Dava Sobel's book is a perfect fit. Read morePublished 29 days ago by R Helen
Good book.....may have to order the movie (of the same name) from Amazon now!Published 4 months ago by Chris Young
I just finished reading Longitude and thoroughly enjoyed the short but information packed story,. Very well researched and plainly written. Read morePublished 9 months ago by pat campbell
I used to be a sailor....took longitude and latitude for granted,as I do so many extraordinary discoveries that give comfort to my life. A good readPublished 22 months ago by Sandra L. Lambert
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Dava Sobel writing compelling story. This is a must read for all amateur back yard astronomers.
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John Harrison, an English clock-maker devoted his life to the production of just 4 clocks. In doing so he solved the centuries old problem of captains determining their longitude... Read morePublished on June 26 2011 by Jeff Nijsse
This is the story of John Harrison (1693-1776) a self-taught Yorkshire clockmaker, and his quest to claim the prize of £20,000 offered by the British Parliament in 1714 for solving... Read morePublished on March 6 2011 by Jennifer Cameron-Smith