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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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.
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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
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Harrison, John
History
Longitude
Measurement
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Science