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The Quest for Longitude
The Quest for Longitude is a book for students and for teachers, for collectors and for scholars, and for the thousands of people who, having enjoyed Sobel's Longitude, desire a well-illustrated reference that describes in detail the many fascinating devices and the intriguing characters who, by solving the ancient problem of finding longitude at sea, changed the world for ...more
Hardcover, 450 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments,U.S.
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On the map: surveying, mapping, remote sensing and geodesy
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The proceedings of the 1993 Longitude Symposium which brought a range of multidisciplinary scholars together to present almost identical papers on John Harrison/The Longitude Prize. Watchmakers, cartographers, mathematicians, historians, etc. everybody weighed in on the exact same topic from a different perspective. Through extrapolation and considerable patience one can glean a lot of new insight on Harrison the the prize, but this text (and presumably the symposium) is just rife with repetitio ...more
The Quest for Longutude. 1993. For centuries the greatest minds in science focused on the problem of oceanic navigation. After numerous false starts and scores of dead ends the solution becomes more and more obvious. The key to determining longitude lies in developing a highly accurate time piece. A daunting task considering the harsh environment of a rolling ship on the high seas. Twenty essays from twenty different authors approach the subject from different perspectives with surprising little ...more