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Longitude, By Dava Sobel,
This review is from: Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time (Paperback)It's the early seventeeth century and nautical exploration is the primary mode of crossing the gap of open sea between continents. Though at the time the voyagers are continually faced with the deadly task of precisely navigating at sea. The demand for a solution to this perplexing problem resulted in the establishment of the Board Of Longitude. Along with the board a ten-thousand to twenty-thousand reward was offered to whom ever could crack the problem. From several attempts worldwide, an ingenious craftsmen emerged by the mane of John Harrison. Inspired by both the problem and the prize, Harrison completed a chonometer that revolutionized timekeeping through years of patient developement. His sea clock, tested by the board as nearly flawless, opposed such methhods of studying the stars and moon. Exploration of the seas was simplified through the efforts and achievments of such people as Hohn Harrison. Like no other author Dava Sobel has portrayed a magical adventure at your fingertips.