Longitude : The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

Description

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.

Details

Author(s)
Dava Sobel
Format
Paperback | 184 pages
Dimensions
118 x 187 x 15mm | 204g
Publication date
01 Nov 2007
Publisher
WALKER & CO
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Edition statement
Reprint
Illustrations note
Frontispiece; Illustrations, color; Illustrations, black and white
ISBN10
080271529X
ISBN13
9780802715296
Bestsellers rank
47,282