9780802715296

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

ISBN 10: 080271529X / 0-8027-1529-X
ISBN 13: 9780802715296
Publisher: Walker & Co
Publication Date: 2007
Binding: Softcover
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"An amazing and fascinating story, a book full of gems for anyone interested in history, geography, astronomy, navigation, clockmaking, and--not the least--plain old human ambition and greed....As much a tale of intrigue as it is of science."

Philadelphia Inquirer

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If you've grown up at a time when orbiting satellites were taken for granted, you'd probably not find reading a book about longitude an enticing prospect. But Sobel, an award-winning former science reporter for the New York Times who writes frequently for Audubon, Discover, LIFE, and Omni magazines, has transformed what could have been a dry subject into an interesting tale of scientific discovery. It is difficult to realize that a problem that can now be solved with a couple of cheap watches and a few simple calculations at one time appeared insurmountable. In 1714, the British Parliament offered a king's ransom of œ20 million ($12 million in today's currency) to anyone who could solve the problem of how to measure longitude at sea. Sobel recounts clockmaker John Harrison's lifelong struggle to win this prize by developing a timepiece impervious to the pitch and roll of the sea. His clock, known today as the chronometer, was rejected by the Longitude Board, which favored a celestial solution. Despite some awkward writing, this brief, if at times sketchy, book is recommended for popular science collections. James Olson, Northeastern Illinois Univ. Lib., Chicago

Patrick O'Brian

 

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