Compass: A Story of Exploration and Innovation

Compass: A Story of Exploration and Innovation


By (author) Alan Gurney

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 196mm x 23mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 17 August 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393327132
  • ISBN 13: 9780393327137
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 220,639

Product description

Compass chronicles the misadventures of those who attempted to perfect the magnetic compass - so precious to sixteenth-century seamen that, by law, any man found tampering with it had his hand pinned to the mast with a dagger. In this history of man's search for reliable navigation of treacherous sea routes around the globe, Alan Gurney brings to life the instrument Victor Hugo called "the soul of the ship".

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Author information

Alan Gurney is the author of The Race to the White Continent and Below the Convergence: Voyages Toward Antarctica: 1699-1839. A yacht designer, he lives in Suffolk.

Review quote

"Might do for the magnetic North what Longitude did for, well, longitude." The Times