Top Marketplace offers for ISBN

9780802715296

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

Dava Sobel Author

Not the book you're looking for? Search for all books with this author and title
9780802715296: Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

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.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$
US$ 4.52

Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.95
Within U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Sobel, Dava Author
Published by Walker & Company
ISBN 10: 080271529X ISBN 13: 9780802715296
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Your Online Bookstore
(Houston, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Walker & Company. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 080271529X. Bookseller Inventory # LZT6751ABHRMC052115H0479

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 4.52
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Sobel, Dava Author
Published by Walker & Company (2007)
ISBN 10: 080271529X ISBN 13: 9780802715296
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Walker & Company, 2007. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Praise for Longitude : "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, andnot the leastplain 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. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_080271529X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.10
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Sobel, Dava Author
Published by FRANK R WALKER CO (IL) (2007)
ISBN 10: 080271529X ISBN 13: 9780802715296
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Paperbackshop-US
(Secaucus, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description FRANK R WALKER CO (IL), 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VV-9780802715296

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 7.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Dava Sobel Author
Published by WALKER CO, United States (2007)
ISBN 10: 080271529X ISBN 13: 9780802715296
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description WALKER CO, United States, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 185 x 117 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # ABZ9780802715296

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.86
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Sobel, Dava Author
Published by Walker & Company
ISBN 10: 080271529X ISBN 13: 9780802715296
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Movie Mars
(Indian Trail, NC, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Walker & Company. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 080271529X Brand New Book. Ships from the United States. 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee!. Bookseller Inventory # 4152478

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.23
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Sobel, Dava Author
ISBN 10: 080271529X ISBN 13: 9780802715296
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 868512

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.26
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Dava Sobel Author
Published by WALKER CO, United States (2007)
ISBN 10: 080271529X ISBN 13: 9780802715296
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description WALKER CO, United States, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 185 x 117 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # ABZ9780802715296

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.98
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Sobel, Dava Author
Published by Walker & Company
ISBN 10: 080271529X ISBN 13: 9780802715296
New Paperback Quantity Available: 14
Seller
Murray Media
(MIAMI SHORES, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Walker & Company. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 080271529X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.22
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 0.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Sobel, Dava Author
Published by Walker & Company
ISBN 10: 080271529X ISBN 13: 9780802715296
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 20
Seller
Books Market
(Hayward, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Walker & Company. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 080271529X Brand New in Mint condition. Guaranteed delivery in 2-4 days when you order with Expedited Shipping! No Expedited shipping to PO Boxes. Bookseller Inventory # 080271529X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.41
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Dava Sobel Author
ISBN 10: 080271529X ISBN 13: 9780802715296
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97808027152961.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.98
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book