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

By: Dava Sobel, Foreword by Neil Armstrong
Published: ©1995
Pages: 184
Total Copies: 17
Genre: Nonfiction | Biographies & Memoirs | Science & Technology


Description: The scientific establishment of Europe—from Galileo to Sir Issac Newton—had mapped the heavens in both hemispheres in its certain pursuit 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 ever been able to do on land. Longitude is a dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and 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.