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The Quest for Longitude

Andrewes, William J.H., Editor

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ISBN 10: 0964432900 / ISBN 13: 9780964432901
Published by Collection of Histroic Scientific, Cambridge MA, 1996
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Title: The Quest for Longitude

Publisher: Collection of Histroic Scientific, Cambridge MA

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Clothbound Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

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The Quest for Longitude is a book for students and for teachers, for collectors and for scholars, and for the thousands of people who, having enjoyed Sobel's Longitude, desire a well-illustrated reference that describes in detail the many fascinating devices and the intriguing characters who, by solving the ancient problem of finding longitude at sea, changed the world forever. 250 illustrations, 120 in color.

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After 1492, a key component of global dominance by the major seafaring European nations was the knowledge of latitude/longitude, whether on land or sea. Means of establishing latitude were developed, but methods for determining longitude (the measurement of lunar distances or eclipses on Jupiter's satellites) remained imperfect. A third method using "marine timekeepers," or chronometers, was the object of a competitive struggle eventually won by clockmaker John Harrison. These papers by 20 leading scholars and experts, presented at a 1993 conference, capture in their excellent writing and well-researched history the people and the technological demands involved in the creation of these unique clocks, where an error in seconds puts one miles off course. Also covered is the interplay of science, politics, and economics. The 260 illustrations are beautifuly reproduced; many have never been published before. Required for history of science and horology collections. [Dava Sobel covered this same symposium for Harvard Magazine and later wrote the best-selling Longitude, LJ 9/15/95.?Ed.]?Michael D. Cramer, Raleigh, N.C.
-?Michael D. Cramer, Raleigh, N.C.
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