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While hardly the stuff of the erotic, time-shark-riding steam-clockwork princess aviator-goggle-lapping Victorian dirigible lycanthrope, this is nevertheless,a fun book. Ever wonder how all those weird, goddamn lines got on maps? How travelers in the days of yore unapped their asses across a confusing plethora of local time zones? It's all here. There's some nifty histories of various chronometers and clocks and attempts to "find the longitude" (a phrase which was the 17th-18th century equivalen ...more