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Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time Paperback – Oct 30 2007

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (Nov. 5 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007790163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007790166
  • ASIN: 080271529X
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 1.7 x 18.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 254 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This is a gem of a book.” ―Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times

“A simple tale, brilliantly told.” ―Washington Post Book World

“As much a tale of intrigue as it is of science…A book full of gems for anyone interested in history, geography, astronomy, navigation, clockmaking, and--not the least--plain old human ambition and greed.” ―Philadelphia Inquirer

“Only someone with Dava Sobel's unusual background in both astronomy and psychology could have written it. Longitude is a wonderful story, wonderfully told.” ―Diane Ackerman, author of A Natural History of the Senses

“The marine chronometer is a glorious and fascinating object, but it is not a simple one, and its explanation calls for a writer as skilled with words as the watchmakers were with their tools; happily such a writer has been found in Dava Sobel.” ―Patrick O'Brian, author of The Commodore and the Aubrey/Maturin series

About the Author

Dava Sobel is the bestselling author of Longitude, Galileo's Daughter, and The Planets, coauthor of The Illustrated Longitude, and editor of Letters to Father. She lives in East Hampton, New York.


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