Longitude

Longitude

Longitude

The dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of one man's forty-year obsession to find a solution to the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day--"the longitude problem." 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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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author : Dava Sobel
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release : 2010-07-05
Total Pages : 208 Pages
ISBN : 0802779433


Longitude

Longitude

Describes the forty-year effort of John Harrison to invent the chronometer, the first instrument able to keep accurate time for navigational purposes

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Genre : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Author : Dava Sobel
Publisher : Penguin Group USA
Release : 1996
Total Pages : 184 Pages
ISBN : 0140258795


The Illustrated Longitude

The Illustrated Longitude

Longitude, Dava Sobel's no.1 bestseller, is the elegant biography of the lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his times. With new material from Dava Sobel and William Andrewes, and illustrated with over 200 integrated photographs, The Illustrated Longitude is the essential book for everyone who fell in love with John Harrison's story and wants to know more. 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. The scientific establishment throughout Europe -- from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton -- had mapped the heavens in its certain pursuit of a celestial answer. In stark contrast, one man, John Harrison, dared to imagine a mechanical solution. The Illustrated Longitude is a fascinating history of astronomy, navigation and clockmaking. Lavishly produced with over 200 illustrations, The Illustrated Longitude has much new material to help the reader learn more of John Harrison's extraordinary story an

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Genre : Chronometers
Author : Dava Sobel
Publisher :
Release : 1999
Total Pages : 216 Pages
ISBN : UOM:39015050046740


360 Degrees Longitude

360 Degrees Longitude

"After more than a decade of planning, John Higham and his wife September bid their high-tech jobs and suburban lives adieu, packed up their home and set out with two children, ages eight and eleven, to travel around the world. In the course of the next 52 weeks they crossed 24 time zones, visited 28 countries and experienced a lifetime of adventures"--P. [4] of cover.

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Genre : Travel
Author : John Higham
Publisher : Prospecta Press
Release : 2012-08-21
Total Pages : 372 Pages
ISBN : 1935212869


Ships Clocks And Stars

Ships Clocks And Stars

A tale of eighteenth-century invention and competition, commerce and conflict, this is a lively, illustrated, and accurate chronicle of the search to solve “the longitude problem,” the question of how to determine a ship’s position at sea—and one that changed the history of mankind. Ships, Clocks, and Stars brings into focus one of our greatest scientific stories: the search to accurately measure a ship’s position at sea. The incredible, illustrated volume reveals why longitude mattered to seafaring nations, illuminates the various solutions that were proposed and tested, and explores the invention that revolutionized human history and the man behind it, John Harrison. Here, too, are the voyages of Captain Cook that put these revolutionary navigational methods to the test. Filled with astronomers, inventors, politicians, seamen, and satirists, Ships, Clocks, and Stars explores the scientific, political, and commercial battles of the age, as well as the sailors, ships, and voyages that made it legend—from Matthew Flinders and George Vancouver to the voyages of the Bounty and the Beagle. Featuring more than 150 photographs specially commissioned from Britain’s National Maritime Museum, this evocative, detailed, and thoroughly fascinating history brings this age of exploration and enlightenment vividly to life.

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Genre : History
Author : Richard Dunn
Publisher : Harper Collins
Release : 2014-11-04
Total Pages : 256 Pages
ISBN : 9780062357175


The Theory And Practice Of Finding The Longitude At Sea Or Land

The Theory And Practice Of Finding The Longitude At Sea Or Land

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Genre : Latitude
Author : Andrew Mackay
Publisher :
Release : 1793
Total Pages : Pages
ISBN : OXFORD:N11734176


Map Math

Map Math

This book explains how to use lines of longitude and latitude to identify locations on a map.

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Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
Author : Orli Zuravicky
Publisher : The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
Release : 2004-08-01
Total Pages : 32 Pages
ISBN : 9781435879409


On The Longitude And The Easiest Methods Of Ascertaining The Same

On The Longitude And The Easiest Methods Of Ascertaining The Same

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Genre : Longitude
Author : Arthur Wellington PRICE
Publisher :
Release : 1856
Total Pages : 24 Pages
ISBN : BL:A0017579892


Longitude And Empire

Longitude And Empire

Before Captain Cook's three voyages, to Europeans the globe was uncertain and dangerous; after, it was comprehensible and ordered. Written as a conceptual field guide to the voyages, Longitude and Empire offers a significant rereading of both the expeditions and modern political philosophy. More than any other work, printed accounts of the voyages marked the shift from early modern to modern ways of looking at the world. The globe was no longer divided between Europeans and savages but populated instead by an almost overwhelming variety of national identities. Cook's voyages took the fragmented and obscure global descriptions available at the time and consolidated them into a single, comprehensive textual vision. Locations became fixed on the map and the people, animals, plants, and artifacts associated with them were identified, collected, understood, and assimilated into a world order. This fascinating account offers a new understanding of Captain Cook's voyages and how they affected the European world view.

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Genre : History
Author : Brian W. Richardson
Publisher : UBC Press
Release : 2010-10-01
Total Pages : 256 Pages
ISBN : 9780774859837


Sea Clocks

Sea Clocks

"For hundreds of years ships had been sailing to places far and near without really knowing where they were!" Sailors knew how to measure latitude, their location north or south of the equator, but they could not measure longitude, their location east or west of their home port. Because of this, many lives were lost worldwide. The key to solving this problem lay in devising a clock that could keep absolutely accurate time while at sea, unaltered by rough water or weather conditions. With such a timekeeper sailors would be able to know the time back at their home port and calculate the longitude. But no one knew how to design such a clock. John Harrison (1693-1776), an Englishman without any scientific training, worked tirelessly for more than forty years to create a perfect clock. The solution to this problem was so important that an award of 20,000 pounds sterling (equal to several million dollars today) was established by the English Parliament in 1714. Harrison won recognition for his work in 1773. Together with beautifully detailed pictures by Erik Blegvad, Louise Borden's text takes the reader through the drama, disappointments, and successes that filled Harrison's quest to invent the perfect sea clock.

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Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
Author : Louise Borden
Publisher : Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release : 2004-02-01
Total Pages : 48 Pages
ISBN : 0689842163