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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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Anyone alive in the eighteeth century would have known that "the logitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day--and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives, and the increasing fortunes of nations, hung on a resolution.

The scientific establishment of Europe--from Galileo to Sir Issac Newton--had mapped the heavens in both hemispheres in its certain pursuit of a celestial answer. In stark contrast, one man, John Harrison, dared to imagine a mechanical solution--a clock that would keep percise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land. Longitude is a dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a new window on our world.

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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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