26.09.2021

LONGITUDE — THE TRUE STORY OF A LONE GENIUS WHO SOLVES THE GREATEST SCIENTIFIC PROBLEM OF HIS TIME

Longitude - The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Sc

Author(s) Dava Sobel, William Andrewes
Publisher Walker & Company
Date 2007
Pages 224
Format pdf
Size 51 Mb
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In their book, the authors are telling the fascinating story of the human trying to find the solution to one of the most serious problems of the day, namely the so-called “longitude problem”. You will read about the world famous invention by Harrison – the best timekeeper – the chronometer. The text can also be considered a history of the navigation and astronomy. The story is told in a very simple and clear way.

The historical background has been laid up in a perfect way making the readers fully appreciate all challenges that were faced by both Harrison, i.e. the inventor, and his son. The content is full of interesting stories and will be useful for those in need for inspiration or some additional motivation. It is great to know how the greatest achievements were done and what led to them. Needless to say that the invention of the chronometer is definitely one of the greatest inventions of all times.

Note that the subject person was always behaving opposite to the whole scientific community of his times and even dared to propose a mechanical solution, i.e. the clock capable of keeping the precise time, and do that at sea, while not all clocks on land could boast such a capability. An easy and recommended reading.

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