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.

Galileo S Daughter A Drama Of Science Faith And Love

Author : Dava Sobel
ISBN : 9780007382019
Genre : History
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From the international best-selling author of Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter is the fascinating story of the relationship between the great Italian scientist Galileo and his daughter, Virginia.

Ships Clocks And Stars

Author : Richard Dunn
ISBN : 9780062357175
Genre : History
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A tale of eighteenth-century invention and competition, commerce and conflict, this is a lively, illustrated, and accurate chronicle of the search to solve “the longitude problem,” the question of how to determine a ship’s position at sea—and one that changed the history of mankind. Ships, Clocks, and Stars brings into focus one of our greatest scientific stories: the search to accurately measure a ship’s position at sea. The incredible, illustrated volume reveals why longitude mattered to seafaring nations, illuminates the various solutions that were proposed and tested, and explores the invention that revolutionized human history and the man behind it, John Harrison. Here, too, are the voyages of Captain Cook that put these revolutionary navigational methods to the test. Filled with astronomers, inventors, politicians, seamen, and satirists, Ships, Clocks, and Stars explores the scientific, political, and commercial battles of the age, as well as the sailors, ships, and voyages that made it legend—from Matthew Flinders and George Vancouver to the voyages of the Bounty and the Beagle. Featuring more than 150 photographs specially commissioned from Britain’s National Maritime Museum, this evocative, detailed, and thoroughly fascinating history brings this age of exploration and enlightenment vividly to life.

Mystery In The Frozen Lands

Author : Martyn Godfrey
ISBN : 1550281445
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Fourteen-year-old Peter Griffin sails on the Fox in 1857, on a mission to find out what happened to Sir John Franklin and his crew, who had disappeared while looking for the Northwest passage.

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