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The Quest for Longitude: The Proceedings of the Longitude Symposium, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 4-6, 1993

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The Quest for Longitude is described by David Sobel, author of Longitude, as "the definitive work on the history of finding longitude at sea." This wonderfully illustrated volume, which includes the work of twenty experts including Alistair Cooke, relates this remarkable story within the context of several disciplines, including astronomy, cartography, mathematics, navigat ...more
Hardcover, 437 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments
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Jeff
Sep 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
The Quest for Longutude. 1993. For centuries the greatest minds in science focused on the problem of oceanic navigation. After numerous false starts and scores of dead ends the solution becomes more and more obvious. The key to determining longitude lies in developing a highly accurate time piece. A daunting task considering the harsh environment of a rolling ship on the high seas. Twenty essays from twenty different authors approach the subject from different perspectives with surprising little ...more
John Schwabacher
Feb 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great background info for people who enjoyed Longitude.
Good photos and descriptions of the timepieces mentioned in that book as well as other amazing and/or idiotic proposals for determining longitude.
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