Longitude [downloadable e-book] : the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time

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Tác giả: Dava Sobel

Ngôn ngữ: eng

ISBN-10: 0802779433

ISBN-13: 978-0802779434

Ký hiệu phân loại: 526 Mathematical geography

Thông tin xuất bản: New York : Walker, 1995

Mô tả vật lý: 1 online resource (130 pages)

Bộ sưu tập: Khoa học tự nhiên

ID: 94867

The story of mariners' centuries-long search for ways of determining longitude that tells not only of the scientific advances but of the perseverance, pettiness, politics, & interesting anecdotes involved. Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest, and of John Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, brilliance and the absurd, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking. Through Dava Sobel's consummate skill, Longitude will open a new window on our world for all who read it.
Includes bibliographical references.
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