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    DescriptionIn the tercentenary year of the Longitude Act, Fourth Estate present an anniversary edition of Dana Sobel's bestselling history of an epic scientific quest and the unlikely triumph of an English genius. With an introduction by Neil Armstrong. Anyone alive in the 18th 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. The quest for a solution had occupied scientists and their patrons for the better part of two centuries when, in 1714, Parliament upped the ante by offering a king's ransom (GBP20,000) to anyone whose method or device proved successful. Countless quacks weighed in with preposterous suggestions. The scientific establishment throughout Europe - from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton - had mapped the heavens in both hemispheres in its certain pursuit of a celestial answer. In stark contrast, one man, John Harrison, dared to imagine a mechanical solution. Full of heroism and chicanery, brilliance and the absurd, 'Longitude' is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation and clockmaking.


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    Title
    Longitude
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Dava Sobel
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 120 mm
    Height: 182 mm
    Thickness: 180 mm
    Weight: 200 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007559367
    ISBN 10: 0007559364
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: TDPB1
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JF
    BIC subject category V2: PDZ
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    BISAC V2.8: TEC020000, SCI000000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JF
    DC23: 681.11809
    Edition statement
    Special Anniversary Edition
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    FOURTH ESTATE LTD
    Publication date
    27 February 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Dava Sobel is an award-winning former science reporter for the New York Times and writes frequently about science for several magazines, including Audubon, Discover, Life and Omni.
    Review quote
    'Perhaps the most famous book about getting lost since "The Odyssey".' Sunday Telegraph 'An extraordinary tale of political intrigue and academic back-biting, of intellectual brilliance, and mechanical genius, of heroic endeavours and downright dishonesty ... a superb achievement.' Spectator 'A true life thriller, jam-packed with political intrigue, international warfare, personal feuds and financial skullduggery.' Daily Mail 'Rarely have I enjoyed a book as much as Dava Sobel's "Longitude". She has an extraordinary gift of making difficult ideas clear.' Daily Telegraph 'This brief history of time is a fine tribute to a man who changed the world.' Irish Times 'Dava Sobel has written a gem of a book ... one of the best reads for the non-scientific to come along for many a moon.' Financial Times