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Longitude by Dava Sobel
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Mar 12, 2011

bookshelves: non-fic-chapter, 2011-centuions
Read from March 12 to 14, 2011

Dava Sobel's describes the contentious race to claim the very large prize offered by the British Government for the first person to really figure out how to measure Longitude in a practical way. The science breaks down between those that want to use the moon, stars and planets versus the clock makers, in particular a brilliant man named John Harrison. One should read this book because it makes you appreciate how so many of our "new ideas" are really old. The idea of creating a prize for a national problem. Competitions and conflicts of interest and bias are not new but certainly part of our challenge when we think about what is needed to make it to Mars, address climate change, rebuild American education.

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