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This review is from: Longitude. The True Story Of A Lone Genius Who Solved The Greatest Scientific Problem Of His Time (Hardcover)
I had read one or two books about ocean voyages in the sixteen, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The issue of longitude had been an issue raised - certainly in Batavia's Graveyard and The Caliban Shore. I stumbled across this little book by Dava Sobel and was fascinated by the story of John Harrison, who made it his life's work to solve the problem. He did so, despite the ongoing political intrigues and other obstacles along the way. What a wonderful legacy.