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The Longitude Prize

Longitude Prize

The story of John Harrison, inventor of watches and clocks, who spent forty years working on a time-machine which could be used to accurately determine longitude at sea.
Longitude Prize is a must own book. Written by Joan Dash / Dusan Petricic and it is published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). The book was released on the 13th of October, 2000. This is the 1st ed. has 208 pages and it includes illustrations. Frances Foster books. For more information regarding this book, check out the market add to cart button below.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

ISBN: 0374346364
Author: Joan Dash / Dusan Petricic

A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book By the commence with the eighteenth century, several thousands of sailors had perished at sea due to the fact their captains had no way of knowing longitude, their east-west location. Latitude, the north-south position, was easy enough, but once out of sight of land not even almost certainly the most experienced navigator had a sure strategy of fixing longitude. Instead, it was a country clockmaker named John Harrison who would invent a clock that could survive wild seas and be utilized to calculate longitude accurately. Set in an exciting historical framework -- telling of shipwrecks and politics -- this is the story of a single man's creative vision, his persistence against great odds, and his lifelong fight for recognition of a brilliant invention. But in an aristocratic society, the road to acceptance was not a smooth one, and even when Harrison produced not one particular but five elegant, seaworthy timekeepers, each an improvement on the one that preceded it, claiming the prize was another battle. So the British Parliament offered a substantial monetary prize to whoever could invent a device to decide precise longitude at sea. Many of the world's greatest minds tried -- and failed -- to come up having a solution.


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