“This is a gem of a book.” ―Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times
“A simple tale, brilliantly told.” ―Washington Post Book World
“As much a tale of intrigue as it is of science…A book full of gems for anyone interested in history, geography, astronomy, navigation, clockmaking, and--not the least--plain old human ambition and greed.” ―Philadelphia Inquirer
“Only someone with Dava Sobel's unusual background in both astronomy and psychology could have written it. Longitude is a wonderful story, wonderfully told.” ―Diane Ackerman, author of A Natural History of the Senses
“The marine chronometer is a glorious and fascinating object, but it is not a simple one, and its explanation calls for a writer as skilled with words as the watchmakers were with their tools; happily such a writer has been found in Dava Sobel.” ―Patrick O'Brian, author of The Commodore and the Aubrey/Maturin series--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From School Library Journal
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.