Longitude

Longitude

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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.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author by : Dava Sobel
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release : 2010-07-05
File : 208 Pages
ISBN : 0802779433


Determination Of The Difference Of Longitude Between Washington And Paris 1913 1914

Determination Of The Difference Of Longitude Between Washington And Paris 1913 1914

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Genre : Longitude
Author by : United States Naval Observatory
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Release : 1916
File : 100 Pages
ISBN : UOM:39015080004115


Wireless Longitude

Wireless Longitude

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Genre : Longitude
Author by : George Durno Cowie
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Release : 1924
File : 52 Pages
ISBN : UIUC:30112046985278


World Longitude Determinations

World Longitude Determinations

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Genre : Longitude
Author by : U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
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Release : 1931
File : 29 Pages
ISBN : PSU:000071906973


A Practical Method For Finding The Longitude And Latitude Of A Ship At Sea By Observations Of The Moon

A Practical Method For Finding The Longitude And Latitude Of A Ship At Sea By Observations Of The Moon

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Genre : Geographical positions
Author by : Robert Waddington
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Release : 1763
File : 88 Pages
ISBN : UOM:39015077739558


The Theory And Practice Of Finding The Longitude At Sea Or Land

The Theory And Practice Of Finding The Longitude At Sea Or Land

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Genre : Latitude
Author by : Andrew Mackay
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Release : 1793
File : Pages
ISBN : OXFORD:N11734176


The Theory And Practice Of Finding The Longitude At Sea Or Land To Whic Are Added Various Methods Of Determining The Latitude Of A Place By Andrew Mackay In Two Volumes

The Theory And Practice Of Finding The Longitude At Sea Or Land To Whic Are Added Various Methods Of Determining The Latitude Of A Place By Andrew Mackay In Two Volumes

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Release : 1793
File : 264 Pages
ISBN : IBNN:BN000606921


The Theory And Practise Of Finding The Longitude At Sea Or Land To Which Are Added Various Methods Of Determining The Latitude Of A Place And Variation Of The Compass With New Tables

The Theory And Practise Of Finding The Longitude At Sea Or Land To Which Are Added Various Methods Of Determining The Latitude Of A Place And Variation Of The Compass With New Tables

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Author by : Andrew Mackay
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Release : 1793
File : Pages
ISBN : BL:A0024251230


World Longitude Operation Of 1926

World Longitude Operation Of 1926

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Genre : Longitude
Author by : United States Naval Observatory
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Release : 1929
File : 66 Pages
ISBN : UOM:39015086593343


The Telegraphic Longitude Net Of The United States And Its Connection With That Of Europe 1866 1896

The Telegraphic Longitude Net Of The United States And Its Connection With That Of Europe 1866 1896

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Genre : Longitude
Author by : Charles Anthony Schott
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Release : 1898
File : 67 Pages
ISBN : CHI:085985683