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    DescriptionAnyone alive in the eighteenth 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. One man, John Harrison, in complete opposition to the scientific community, dared to imagine a mechanical solution--a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land. "Longitude" is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a new window on our world.

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    The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Dava Sobel
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 184
    Width: 118 mm
    Height: 187 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    ISBN 13: 9780802715296
    ISBN 10: 080271529X

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
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    BIC subject category V2: TRLN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.6
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    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
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    BISAC V2.8: TRA008000, TEC057000, BIO015000, HIS000000
    B&T Approval Code: A19092000
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    DC21: 526.6209
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    DC22: 526/.6209
    LC classification: QB225 .S64 2007
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, frontispiece
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    01 November 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Dava Sobel is the bestselling author of "Longitude," "Galileo's Daughter," and "The Planets," coauthor of "The Illustrated Longitude," and editor of "Letters to Father." She lives in East Hampton, New York.
    Review quote
    Praise for "Longitude" "This is a gem of a book."--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, "New York Times ""A simple tale, brilliantly told."--"Washington Post Book World ""As much a tale of intrigue as it is of science...A book full of gems for anyone interested in history, geography, astronomy, navigation, clockmaking, and--not the least--plain old human ambition and greed." --"Philadelphia Inquirer ""Only someone with Dava Sobel's unusual background in both astronomy and psychology could have written it. "Longitude "is a wonderful story, wonderfully told."--Diane Ackerman, author of "A Natural History of the Senses ""The marine chronometer is a glorious and fascinating object, but it is not a simple one, and its explanation calls for a writer as skilled with words as the watchmakers were with their tools; happily such a writer has been found in Dava Sobel."--Patrick O'Brian, author of "The Commodore "and the Aubrey/Maturin series