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

The Illustrated Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time (Trade Paperback / Paperback, illustrated edition)

By Sobel, Dava
By Andrewes, William J. H.

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A fully illustrated edition of the international best-seller Longitude, The Illustrated Longitude recounts in words and images the epic quest to solve the greatest scientific problem of the eighteenth and three prior centuries: determining how a captain could pinpoint his ship's ...location at sea. All too often throughout the ages of exploration, voyages ended in disaster when crew and cargo were either lost at sea or destroyed upon the rocks of an unexpected landfall. Thousands of lives and the fortunes of nations hung on a resolution to the longitude problem. To encourage a solution, governments established prizes for anyone whose method or device proved successful. The largest reward of 20,000-- truly a king's ransom-- was offered by Britain's Parliament in 1714. The scientific establishment-- from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton-- had been certain that a celestial answer would be found and invested untold effort in this pursuit. By contrast, John Harrison imagined and built the unimaginable: a clock that told perfect time at sea, known today as the chronometer. Harrison's trials and tribulations during his forty-year quest to win the prize are the culmination of this remarkable story. The Illustrated Longitude brings a new and important dimension to Dava Sobel's celebrated story. It contains the entire original narrative of Longitude, redesigned to accompany 183 images chosen by William Andrewes-- from portraints of every important figure in the story to maps and diagrams, scientifc instruments, and John Harrison's remarkable sea clocks themselves. Andrewes's elegant captions and sidebars on scientific and historical events tell their own story of longitude, paralleling andilluminating Sobel's memorable tale.
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ISBN 9780802775931
Released NZ 1 Oct 2014
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, illustrated edition
Availability
Internationally sourced (on backorder); allow 4-8 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780802775931
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (on backorder); allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Walker & Co
Released 1 Oct 2014
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, illustrated edition
Edition illustrated edition
Author(s) By Sobel, Dava
By Andrewes, William J. H.
Category Scientific Standards
Scientific Equipment & Techniques, Laboratory Equipment
Navigation & Seamanship
Ships & Shipping: General Interest
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 229mm
Height: 254mm
Spine: 13mm
Dewey Code 526.6209
Weight 886g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Longitude - Measurement - History, Chronometers - History, Harrison, John, Clock and watch makers - Great Britain
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade

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