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Book Review - Longitude
« on: 11:50:27, 18 February, 2012 »
Longitude - The true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time - by Dava Sobel

This book tells the story of the problem of finding longitude at sea in the 18th century, and is an account of the scientific quest to solve the problem through the use of the sky and machines, with a mixture of astronomers and clock-makers, the story focuses on John Harrison and his life dedicated to building the ultimate precision timekeeper, and his battle against the established astronomers method, notably Nevil Maskelyne

A really good read, full of political intrigue and personality clashes, and ultimately the scientific creation of a stepping-stone upon which our lives today rely on

I really must visit Greenwich in the summer and see some of his creations

Ade

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