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Longitude by Dava Sobel
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Jun 29, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: historians

Again, a great book you can learn a lot from. Who has ever really thought about what effect the lack of a way to find longitude caused for sailors - first chapter you read about one ship that fought a storm for two months, thought they were 200 miles west of where they were, sailed north and then west, gave up after 4 days and sailed east only to realize a week later that they were within an hour of thier destination before they turned around. I love the connections this book makes- because they couldn't read longitude with accuracy, they established something akin to "highways" by sailing in known latitudes; this resulted in easy prey for pirates and those looking to conscript new help.
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