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    Finding Longitude: How Clocks and Stars Helped Solve the Longitude Problem (Hardback) By (author) National Maritime Museum, By (author) Richard Dunn, By (author) Rebekah Higgitt

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    DescriptionOfficial publication of the National Maritime Museum's exhibition "Ships, Clocks and Stars: The Quest for Longitude". 300 years ago, amidst growing frustration from the naval community and pressure from the increasing importance of international trade, the British government passed the 1714 Longitude Act. It was an attempt to solve one of the most pressing problems of the age: how to determine a ship's longitude (east-west position) at sea. With life-changing rewards on offer, the challenge captured the imaginations and talents of astronomers, skilled craftsmen, politicians, seamen and satirists. This beautifully illustrated book is a detailed account of these stories, and how the longitude problem was solved. Highlights of the book include: * Foreword by the fifteenth Astronomer Royal, Martin Rees. * Specially commissioned photographs of the National Maritime Museum's collection. * A new description of the collaborations and conflicts in a tale of technical creativity, scientific innovation and hard commercialism. From the same publisher as Dava Sobel's Longitude, Finding Longitude tells a new story of one of the great achievements of the Georgian age, and how it changed our understanding of the world.


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    Title
    Finding Longitude
    Subtitle
    How Clocks and Stars Helped Solve the Longitude Problem
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) National Maritime Museum, By (author) Richard Dunn, By (author) Rebekah Higgitt
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 227 mm
    Height: 271 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007525867
    ISBN 10: 0007525869
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBTM
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKE
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BIC subject category V2: PG, RGY
    BISAC V2.8: TEC020000, HIS027150
    BIC subject category V2: TDPB
    BISAC V2.8: TEC054000, TRA006010, SCI004000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKE, 3JF
    DC23: 526.62
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    Collins
    Publication date
    19 June 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Located in Greenwich, London, the National Maritime Museum is one of the leading maritime museums in the world. It forms part of Royal Museums Greenwich, along with the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Queen's House and Cutty Sark, all situated within the picturesque Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage site. Richard Dunn is Senior Curator and Head of Science and Technology at Royal Museums Greenwich. Rebekah Higgitt is lecturer in History of Science at the University of Kent, and former Curator of History of Science and Technology at Royal Museums Greenwich.