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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,709 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dava Sobel Narrator: Neil Armstrong, Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An exciting scientific adventure from the days of wooden ships and iron men, LONGITUDE is full of heroism and chicanery, brilliance and the absurd. It is also a captivating brief history of astronomy, navigation and clockmaking.

During the great ages of exploration, "the longitude problem" was the gravest of all scientific challenges. Lacking the ability to determine their longitude, sailors were literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Ships ran aground on rocky shores; those traveling well-known routes were easy prey to pirates.

In 1714, England's Parliament offered a huge reward to anyone whose method of measuring longitude could be proven successful. The scientific establishment--from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton--had mapped the heavens in its certainty of a celestial answer. In stark contrast, one man, John Harrison, dared to imagine a mechanical solution--a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had been able to do on land. And the race was on.... Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Clark Lyons | 2/16/2014

    " This book was very informative about one problem that we don't really pay attention to any more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Noel Kelly | 2/12/2014

    " It took me a while to get around to this book but I am glad that I did. A great story of innate talent and tenacity. I would have liked more flesh on the bones of Harrison's character but the author did a fine job of telling a great forgotten story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brian S. | 2/2/2014

    " Quick read. Very informative. As a naval officer, I never realized how difficult fixing your position was before time could be accurately kept at sea. Furthermore, I did not realize this concept is less than 250 years old. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Crysta | 2/1/2014

    " The lack of longitude accuracy caused all kinds of problems that our GPS-enabled world can't fathom. This was an interesting tale of the centuries of science and mechanics needed to solve it. "

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