Longitude: the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time

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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.

The quest for a solution has occupied scientists for the better part of two centuries when, in 1714, England's Parliament upped the ante by offering a king's ransom to anyone whose method or device proved successful. 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, brilliance and the absurd, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking. Through Dava Sobel's consummate skill, LONGITUDE opens many new windows on our world.

"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 just such a writer has been found in Dava Sobel."
'Patrick O'Brian, author of the Aubrey/Maturin naval series
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display_descriptionAn exciting scientific adventure from the days of wooden ships and iron men, LONGITUDE is full of heroism and chicanery, brilliance and the absurd. It is also a captivating brief history of astronomy, navigation and clockmaking.
During the great ages of exploration, "the longitude problem" was the gravest of all scientific challenges. Lacking the ability to determine their longitude, sailors were literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Ships ran aground on rocky shores; those traveling well-known routes were easy prey to pirates.
In 1714, England's Parliament offered a huge reward to anyone whose method of measuring longitude could be proven successful. The scientific establishment—from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton—had mapped the heavens in its certainty 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 been able to do on land. And the race was on....
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subject_facetChronometers -- History
Clock and watch makers -- Great Britain -- Biography
Harrison, John, -- 1693-1776
Longitude -- Measurement -- History
title_displayLongitude : the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time
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Longitude [electronic resource] : the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time / Dava Sobel
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Clock and watch makers
Harrison, John
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Longitude
Measurement
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Science