Longitude

Longitude

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Dava Sobel
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 189
  • Publication date: 1998
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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First published in 1996, Dava Sobel's story of an epic scientific quest - how to calculate longitude. The thorniest scientific problem of the day had occupied scientists and their patrons for the better part of two centuries until John Harrison dared to imagine a mechanical solution. The story encompasses astronomy, navigation and clockmaking.