Longitude

The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (4.33 hours)
Product Number: Z100012180
Released: Feb 19, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415953419
Narrator/s: Kate Reading
Publisher: Books on Tape
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An exciting scientific adventure from the days of wooden ships and iron men, LONGITUDE is full of heroism and chicanery, brilliance and the absurd. It is also a captivating brief history of astronomy, navigation and clockmaking. During the great ages of exploration, "the longitude problem" was the gravest of all scientific challenges. Lacking the ability to determine their longitude, sailors were literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Ships ran aground on rocky shores; those traveling well-known routes were easy prey to pirates. In 1714, England's Parliament offered a huge reward to anyone whose method of measuring longitude could be proven successful. The scientific establishment-from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton-had mapped the heavens in its certainty of a celestial answer. In stark contrast, one man, John Harrison, dared to imagine a mechanical solution-a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had been able to do on land. And the race was on...

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Author(s): Dava Sobel
Original Publish Date: Feb 19, 2008

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Author(s): Dava Sobel
Product Number EB00637603
Released: Feb 23, 2016
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
ISBN: #9780802779434

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