Phil Koehler's Reviews > Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

Longitude by Dava Sobel
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Aug 26, 08

bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in November, 2007

John McCain says let's offer a $300M prize to the first person to develop an automobile battery that delivers comparable automotive power at 30% of current costs. Dumb idea? Well...hardly original or with a good track record. Read this account of John Harrison and the living nightmare he endured for decades in claiming the prize offered by parliament in the 18th century after he successfully developed the chronometer, a device that would allow ships at sea to determine longitude.

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