Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

Dava Sobel


Anyone alive within the eighteenth century may have identified that "the longitude challenge" used to be the thorniest medical challenge of the day―and were for hundreds of years. missing the facility to degree their longitude, sailors through the nice a while of exploration were actually misplaced at sea once they overpassed land. hundreds of thousands of lives and the expanding fortunes of countries held on a answer. One guy, John Harrison, in whole competition to the clinical neighborhood, dared to visualize a mechanical solution―a clock that will continue distinctive time at sea, whatever no clock had ever been capable of do on land. Longitude is the dramatic human tale of an epic clinical quest and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with construction his excellent timekeeper, recognized this day because the chronometer. packed with heroism and chicanery, it's also a desirable short heritage of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a brand new window on our world.

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Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

Dava Sobel

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