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Scientific Instruments, 1500-1900: An Introduction Hardcover – 3 Aug 1998

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Subsequent edition (3 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856674915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520217287
  • ASIN: 0520217284
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 19 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,076,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I do not doubt the Harrison's importance in the history of marine chronometer, the whole of XIX century the Navy and the other armadas have been finding the longitude with Joseph de Mendoça y Rios tables.

Dava Sobel takes the micky of Maskelyne an others astronomers like (Hayley, Newton, etc..) who defended the moon distances system when she pretends being an "oraculus" when she asks:

"..and what they do when its cloudy?" here is my answer Dava Sobel.. the same as with the chronometer system "waiting the clouds to disappear".. for the chronometer system needs some astronomical sights (as with lunar distances) to calculate the local hour..

I think Dava Sobel refers to Captain Sumner system of LOP inference in cloudy days, which can be applied as well to the lunar distances..

Lunar distances have disappeared when Marconi crossed the Atlantic with radio signals in 1906 that allowed chronometers to be perfectly synchronized..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for collectors and fans of science history. 8 July 2012
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The book describes in an interesting and clear way the history of the scientific instruments from 1500 till the 20th century. There are explanation of the principle of operation of the instruments their history their manufacturers and more. From the astrolabes via philosophical instruments to microscopes, weights and scales etc. No doubt that the author is a first class expert with access to museum pieces, that is beyond the reach of most collectors. Many pictures of artifacts are presented with a list of museums that exhibit worth noting collections. A must book for any serious collector.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase 14 Jan. 2014
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The book was in great condition. As good as new. The page quality was good too. It was gift for my boy friend and he loved it.
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