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Longitude. The True Story Of A Lone Genius Who Solved The Greatest Scientific Problem Of His Time Hardcover – 19 Aug 1996

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; 4th Edition edition (19 Aug. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857025024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857025026
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 214 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The thorniest scientific problem of the eighteenth century was how to determine longitude. Many thousands of lives had been lost at sea over the centuries due to the inability to determine an east-west position. This is the engrossing story of the clockmaker, John "Longitude" Harrison, who solved the problem that Newton and Galileo had failed to conquer, yet claimed only half the promised rich reward.

About the Author

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.

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