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Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by [Sobel, Dava]
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Dava Sobel's Longitude tells the story of how 18th-century scientist and clockmaker William Harrison solved one of the most perplexing problems of history--determining east-west location at sea. This lush, colorfully illustrated edition adds lots of pictures to the story, giving readers a more satisfying sense of the times, the players, and the puzzle. This was no obscure, curious difficulty--without longitude, ships often found themselves so far off course that sailors would starve or die of scurvy before they could reach port. When a nationally-sponsored contest offered a hefty cash prize to the person who could develop a method to accurately determine longitude, the race was on. In the end, the battle of accuracy--and wills--fought between Harrison and arch-rival Maskelyne was ruthless and dramatic, worthy of a Hollywood feature film. Longitude's story is surprising and fascinating, offering a window into the past, before Global Positioning Satellites made it look easy. --Therese Littleton

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This look at the scientific quest to find a way for ships at sea to determine their longitude was a PW bestseller for eight weeks.
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  • File Size: 778 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (July 5, 2010)
  • Publication Date: July 5, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003WUYE66
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