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The Illustrated Longitude The Illustrated Longitude Recounts In Words And Images The Epic Quest To Solve The Greatest Scientific Problem Of The Eighteenth And Three Prior Centuries Determining How A Captain Could Pinpoint His Ship S Location At Sea All Too Often Throughout The Ages Of Exploration, Voyages Ended In Disaster When Crew And Cargo Were Either Lost At Sea Or Destroyed Upon The Rocks Of An Unexpected Landfall Thousands Of Lives And The Fortunes Of Nations Hung On A Resolution To The Longitude Problem.To Encourage A Solution, Governments Established Prizes For Anyone Whose Method Or Device Proved Successful The Largest Reward Of 20,000 Truly A King S Ransom Was Offered By Britain S Parliament In 1714 The Scientific Establishment From Galileo To Sir Isaac Newton Had Been Certain That A Celestial Answer Would Be Found And Invested Untold Effort In This Pursuit By Contrast, John Harrison Imagined And Built The Unimaginable A Clock That Told Perfect Time At Sea, Known Today As The Chronometer Harrison S Trials And Tribulations During His Forty Year Quest To Win The Prize Are The Culmination Of This Remarkable Story The Illustrated Longitude Brings A New And Important Dimension To Dava Sobel S Celebrated Story It Contains The Entire Original Narrative Of Longitude, Redesigned To Accompany 183 Images Chosen By William Andrewes From Portraints Of Every Important Figure In The Story To Maps And Diagrams, Scientifc Instruments, And John Harrison S Remarkable Sea Clocks Themselves Andrewes S Elegant Captions And Sidebars On Scientific And Historical Events Tell Their Own Story Of Longitude.

10 thoughts on “The Illustrated Longitude

  1. says:

    Longitude from Dava Sobel is a fascinating account of how a virtually unknown watchmaker named John Harrison conquered one of the oldest and thorniest problems surrounding the ocean voyages the problem of accurately measuring longitude , which stumped even the best of scientific minds for centuries A fascinating problemIt was Ptolemy in Geographia , written in the 2nd century, who contributed the concept of a co ordinate system based on the imaginary lines of latitude and longitude, for acc Longitude from Dava Sobel is a fascin...

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    I first read Longitude, by Dava Sobel, just after I finished high school, and I devoured it in a sitting or two It was the first non fiction book, I think, that I really couldn t put down The true story is great legendary historical figures like Isaac Newton, Galileo, James Cook, King George III scientific conundrums innovative engineering a ransom of millions at stake and a humble, lone man competing against oppressive and manipulative big wigs.Background Latitude lines are the parall I first read Longitude, by Dava Sobel, just after I finished high school, and I devoured it in a sitting or two It was the first non fiction book, I think, that I really couldn t put down The true story is great legendary historical figures like Isaac Newton, Galileo, James Cook, King George III scientific conundrums innovative engineering a ransom of millions at stake and a humble, lone man competing against oppressive and manipulative big wigs.Background Latitude lines are the parallel lines that circle the globe above and below the equator, and any sailor could figure out his latitude by measuring the length of the day or looking at the angle of the sun or the north star But finding one s longitude, the lines that connected the north and south poles, was muchdifficult Anyone could determine that he was on the tropic of cancer, but determining how far along...

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    Really lovely and very interesting reading Everybody knows about longitude but I guess not so many know the struggles and fights behind the tries to conquer it, including myself.John Harrison was a genius of his times beside the fact that he produced the first accurate marine watches for calculating longitude, his pieces are works of art H1 H3 And the masterpiece, H4, completed in 1759 Really lovely and very interesting reading E...

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    La Historia est llena de peque os descubrimientos capaces de cambiar el mundo Aunque deber a decir peque os vistos desde nuestros d as Este es el caso de la longitud, es decir, esas l neas imaginarias que trazan nuestro planeta desde los polos, dividi ndolo en veinticuatro partes iguales La longitud era fundamental en tierra firme para trazar mapas...

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    In Longitude, Dava Sobel chronicles the world s quest to tame time In 1714, the English Parliament passed the longitude act It established the Board of Longitude and offered a prize of 20,000 pounds to anyone who could find a simple and practical method for the precise determination of a ship s longitude In particular Sobel highlights John Harrison s pursuit of the prize She traces the arc of his career, and details the innovations of each of his subsequent entries H1 ...

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    The British Parliament, in its famed Longitude Act of 1714, set the highest bounty of all, naming a prize equal to a king s ransom several million dollars in today s currency for a Practicable and Useful means of determining longitude I read this historical and biographical account in one evening It s not without flaws, but I was fascinated and gave it 5 stars for holding my attention in a topic I rarely read about, where science, math, politics, and culture intersect with astronomical a The British Parliament, in its famed Longitude Act of 1714, set the highest bounty of all, naming a prize equal to a king s ransom several million dollars in today s currency for a Practicable and Useful means of determining longitude I re...

  7. says:

    Interesting story Reasonably written Possibly a model for a certain kind of non fiction book, the type with very long sub titles that are meant to cast light on a very short main title, the whole presumably being the original elevator pitch that the author made to the publisher This one is all about the late 18th century watch maker, John Harrison, who builds a series of highly accurate watches in an attempt to win a prize for a device to be able to establish longitude at sea Nice, does what Interesting story Reasonably written Possibly a model for a certain kind of non fiction book, the t...

  8. says:

    An amazing book.

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    I was reminded of this book today because in was on the PageADay Book Lover s Calendar for 3 31 2015 I read it back in the year 2000 I have favorable recollections of the book, and I found it to be in interesting story The following short review is copied from the calendar.Anyone with an interest in history or things maritime should consider Longitude, said USA Today of this bestseller Sobel describes 18th century clockmaker John Harrison s struggle to invent an accurate chronometer, wh I was reminded of this book today because in was on the PageADay Book Lover s Calendar for 3 31 ...

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book was intended for the general reader Consequently it did not deal much with the details either of the astronomical or mechanical approaches to solving the problem of finding longitude on the high seas Instead it focused on description of John Harrison s quest to build an ocean chronometer The author treats the difficulties Harrison encountered convincing the Board of Longitude of the efficacy of his devices as a matter of petty politics and egotism without offering the reader suffici This book was intended for the general reader Consequently it did not deal much with the details either of the astronomical or mechanical approaches...

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