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

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Longitude

Author : Dava Sobel
ISBN : 0802779433
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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. The scientific establishment of Europe-from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton-had mapped the heavens in both hemispheres in its certain pursuit of a celestial answer. In stark contrast, one man, John Harrison, 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.

Longitude

Author : Dava Sobel
ISBN : 9780007382002
Genre : History
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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. With a Foreword by Neil Armstrong.

Longitude

Author : Dava Sobel
ISBN : 9780007214464
Genre : Astronomical clock
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Republished to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this bestselling book, now with a new introduction by Neil Armstrong, Longitude 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.

The True Story Of A Lone Genius Who Solved The Greatest Scientific Problem Of His Time

Author : Dava Sobel
ISBN : 0007790163
Genre : Astronomical clock
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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.

A More Perfect Heaven

Author : Dava Sobel
ISBN : 9781408822388
Genre : Science
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The bestselling author of Longitude and Galileo's Daughter tells the story of Nicolaus Copernicus and the revolution in astronomy that changed the world.

The Planets

Author : Dava Sobel
ISBN : 9780142001165
Genre : Science
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Explores the creation and evolution of the solar system's planets through a lens of popular culture, drawing on sources from astrology, science fiction, the fine arts, and other genres to chronicle planetary history in an accessible format.

Navigation Through The Ages

Author : Donald Launer
ISBN : 9781574092783
Genre : History
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Donald Launer has held a US Coast Guard captain's license for over 25 years. He was Field Editor for the yearly Waterway Guide and he is currently contributing editor for Good Old Boat. He is the author of Dictionary of Nautical Acronyms and Abbreviations and Lessons from My Good Old Boat.

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