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The Illustrated longitude /

The Illustrated longitude /
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R2595687 526.6209 SOBE
Adult Non Fiction   Bega . Available .  
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ISBN 1857027140
1841152331 (pbk.)
Shelf Location 526.6209 SOBE
Author Sobel, Dava
Title The Illustrated longitude / Dava Sobel and William J.H. Andrewes.
Production/Publication data London : Fourth Estate, 1998.
Physical Description 216 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 26 cm.
Carrier Type volume
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Note 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. The quest for a solution had occupied scientists and their patrons for the better part of two centuries when, in 1714, Parliament offered a king's ransom (£20,000) to anyone whose method or device proved successful. The scientific establishment throughout 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. Full of heroism and chicanery, brilliance and the absurd, Longitude is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation and clockmaking.
Subject added entry -- Personal Name Harrison, John, 1693-1776
Harrison, John, 1693-1776
Subject Longitude -- Measurement -- -- History --
Chronometers -- History --
Clock and watch makers -- Great Britain -- Biography
Clock and watch makers
Longitude -- Measurement --
Longitude -- Histoire --
Subject (Geographic) Great Britain
Genre Biography
Added Entry -- Personal Name Andrewes, William J. H.,
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