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Longitude
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Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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ISBN 10 : 9780802779434
Pages : 208 pages
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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.

Longitude

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

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Longitude

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.

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Longitude

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

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Longitude

Describes the forty-year effort of John Harrison to invent the chronometer, the first instrument able to keep accurate time for navigational purposes

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360 Degrees Longitude

"After more than a decade of planning, John Higham and his wife September bid their high-tech jobs and suburban lives adieu, packed up their home and set out with two children, ages eight and eleven, to travel around the world. In the course of the next 52 weeks they crossed 24 time

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The Theory and Practice of Finding the Longitude at Sea Or Land

Download or read online The Theory and Practice of Finding the Longitude at Sea Or Land written by Andrew Mackay, published by Unknown which was released on 1793. Get The Theory and Practice of Finding the Longitude at Sea Or Land Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

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A New Determination of the Eastern Longitude of Batavia

Download or read online A New Determination of the Eastern Longitude of Batavia written by Jan Boerema, published by Unknown which was released on 1924. Get A New Determination of the Eastern Longitude of Batavia Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

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Longitude 49

Download or read online Longitude 49 written by Herb Tank, published by Unknown which was released on 1952. Get Longitude 49 Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

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IGC Data on Longitude and Latitude

Download or read online IGC Data on Longitude and Latitude written by Anonim, published by Unknown which was released on 1960. Get IGC Data on Longitude and Latitude Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

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Longitude and Empire

Before Captain Cook's three voyages, to Europeans the globe was uncertain and dangerous; after, it was comprehensible and ordered. Written as a conceptual field guide to the voyages, Longitude and Empire offers a significant rereading of both the expeditions and modern political philosophy. More than any other work, printed accounts

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A New Method for Discovering the Longitude Both at Sea and Land

Download or read online A New Method for Discovering the Longitude Both at Sea and Land written by William Whiston, published by Unknown which was released on 1715. Get A New Method for Discovering the Longitude Both at Sea and Land Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

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The Longitude Discovered  by a New Mathematical Instrument  Called Graphor

Download or read online The Longitude Discovered by a New Mathematical Instrument Called Graphor written by Pierre de Gravers, published by Unknown which was released on 1794. Get The Longitude Discovered by a New Mathematical Instrument Called Graphor Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

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The Theory and Practice of Finding the Longitude at Sea Or Land

Download or read online The Theory and Practice of Finding the Longitude at Sea Or Land written by Andrew Mackay, published by Unknown which was released on 1801. Get The Theory and Practice of Finding the Longitude at Sea Or Land Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

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Portuguese and Spanish Attempts to Measure Longitude in the 16th Century

Download or read online Portuguese and Spanish Attempts to Measure Longitude in the 16th Century written by W. G. L. Randles, published by UC Biblioteca Geral 1 which was released on 1985. Get Portuguese and Spanish Attempts to Measure Longitude in the 16th Century Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

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The Illustrated Longitude

Longitude, Dava Sobel's no.1 bestseller, is the elegant biography of the lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his times. With new material from Dava Sobel and William Andrewes, and illustrated with over 200 integrated photographs, The Illustrated Longitude is the essential book for everyone who fell in love

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