Longitude

Author: Dava Sobel

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007382006

Category: History

Page: 208

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The dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest: the search for the solution of how to calculate longitude and the unlikely triumph of an English genius. With a Foreword by Neil Armstrong.

Longitude

The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

Author: Dava Sobel

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9780802779434

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude 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 Isaac 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 precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land. Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest, and of 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.

Longitude

the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time

Author: Dava Sobel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 184

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Sobel presents the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of John Harrison's 40-year obsession with building the perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer.

Greenwich Time and the Longitude

Official Millennium Guide

Author: Derek Howse

Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers, Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 199

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The history of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich has been revised to coincide with the Millenium. Color illustrations and updated text tell the story of Greenwich from its foundations in 1676 to its present status as Longitude 0°, the world's Prime Meridian for measuring longitude and time. The book covers the importance of longitude for navigation and traces the history of Greenwich Time, the basis of universal time-keeping. The book is co-published with the National Maritime Museum, where Derek Howse was the former Head of Navigation and Astronomy.

The Quest for Longitude

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

Author: William J. H. Andrewes,Harvard University. Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments

Publisher: Collection of Histroic Scientific

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 437

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The Quest for Longitude is a book for students and for teachers, for collectors and for scholars, and for the thousands of people who, having enjoyed Sobel's Longitude, desire a well-illustrated reference that describes in detail the many fascinating devices and the intriguing characters who, by solving the ancient problem of finding longitude at sea, changed the world forever. 250 illustrations, 120 in color.

360 Degrees Longitude

One Family's Journey Around the World

Author: John Higham

Publisher: Easton Studio Press, LLC

ISBN: 1935212990

Category: Travel

Page: 400

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Much more than a travel narrative 360 Degrees Longitude: One Family’s Journey Around the World is a glimpse at what it means to be a “global citizen”—a progressively changing view of the world as seen through the eyes of an American family of four. After more than a decade of planning, John Higham and his wife September bid their high-tech jobs and suburban lives good-bye, packed up their home and set out with two children, ages eight and eleven, to travel around the world. In the course of the next 52 weeks they crossed 24 time zones, visited 28 countries and experienced a lifetime of adventures. Making their way across the world, the Highams discovered more than just different foods and cultures; they also learned such diverse things as a Chilean mall isn’t the best place to get your ears pierced, and that elephants appreciate flowers just as much as the next person. But most importantly, they learned about each other, and just how much a family can weather if they do it together. 360 Degrees Longitude employs Google’s wildly popular Google Earth as a compliment to the narrative. Using your computer you can spin the digital globe to join the adventure cycling through Europe, feeling the cold stare of a pride of lions in Africa, and breaking down in the Andes. Packed with photos, video and text, the online Google Earth companion adds a dimension not possible with mere paper and ink. Fly over the terrain of the Inca Trail or drill down to see the majesty of the Swiss Alps—without leaving the comfort of your chair.

Longitude by Wire

Finding North America

Author: Richard Stachurski

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781570038013

Category: History

Page: 239

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In this study, Richard Stachurski chronicles the amazing tale of discoveries made by American scientists as they worked to solve the life-threatening quandry faced by mariners of having accurate navigational charts, and to develop a precise method of measuring longitude.

Longitude by Lunar Distances

Illustrated with Examples Worked Out Step by Step, and with References to Works on Practical Astronomy and to the "Nautical Almanac."

Author: Henry Wilberforce Clarke

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 79

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Longitude

a novel

Author: Carlos Cortés

Publisher: University of Philippines Press

ISBN: 9789715421546

Category: Fiction

Page: 410

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Latitude and Longitude

Author: Kristen Rajczak

Publisher: Gareth Stevens Pub Learning library

ISBN: 9781482410785

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

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Even in such a tech-savvy culture as ours, understanding latitude and longitude coordinates has many uses. Coordinates can help hikers find their way when lost on a difficult trail and geocache enthusiasts locate their treasure. Even more importantly, they can help communicate location no matter what language is being spoken. Readers learn all about the development, use, and accuracy of the grid mapping system of latitude and longitude. Covering the equator, Prime Meridian, and more, the main content complements important topics from the social studies curriculum. Full-color maps aid readers' understanding as fact boxes clarify key information.

Latitude and Longitude--Read, Read, Read Your Map Hands-On Activity

Author: Sarah D. Giese

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

ISBN: 1425878032

Category: Social Science

Page: 8

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Make geography fun and interactive to motivate your students. Encourage teamwork, creativity, reflection, and decision making. Take an active approach to teaching while inspiring your students to make their own explorations of geography.

Latitude, Longitude, and Direction

Author: Julia J. Quinlan

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1448861578

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

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Explains the concepts of latitude and longitude as well as the purpose of the compass rose on a map.

Latitude and Longitude--Grid and Bear It! Hands-On Activity

Author: Sarah D. Giese

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

ISBN: 1425878024

Category: Social Science

Page: 10

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Make geography fun and interactive to motivate your students. Encourage teamwork, creativity, reflection, and decision making. Take an active approach to teaching while inspiring your students to make their own explorations of geography.