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Longitude
 

Longitude (EPUB ebook – Text only edition)

By Sobel, Dava

The dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest: the search for the solution of how to calculate longitude and the unlikely triumph of an English genius. With a Foreword by Neil Armstrong. 'Sobel has done the impossible and made horology sexy - no mean feat' New Scientist ... Anyone alive in the 18th 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. The quest for a solution had occupied scientists and their patrons for the better part of two centuries when, in 1714, Parliament upped the ante by offering a king's ransom (20,000) to anyone whose method or device proved successful. Countless quacks weighed in with preposterous suggestions. 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. Note that it has not been possible to include the same picture content that appeared in the original print version.
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ISBN 9780007382002
Published 28 Apr 2011
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Available in EPUB format
Software Read in Browser or Adobe Ebook Compatible Device
Language en

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ISBN-13 9780007382002
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint Fourth Estate
Released 28 Apr 2011
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format EPUB ebook – Text only edition
Edition Text only edition
Author(s) By Sobel, Dava
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: General
Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
Biography & Autobiography: Science, Technology & Engineering
History
Science: General Issues
Popular Science
Horology
Technology, Engineering & Agriculture
Clocks & Chronometers
Transport Technology
Number of Pages 208
Dimensions Not specified
Dewey Code 681.11809
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade

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