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Greenwich Time and the Discovery of Longitude

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  4 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 1st 1985 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published June 1980)
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J.M. Hushour
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Robert Swanson
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyed the discussion on Greenwich time, the narrative sometimes is a bit hard to follow the timeline.
Dorai
Dec 07, 2012 marked it as to-read
This book predates the much more popular "Longitude" by Dava Sobel. It is written in a rather more technical style.
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