Dava Sobel Longitude

ISBN 13: 9780001053373

Longitude

3.95 avg rating
( 41,980 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780001053373: Longitude

Anyone alive in the 18th 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. The quest for a solution had occupied scientists, and their patrons for the better part of two centuries when, in 1714, England's Parliament upped the ante by offering a king's ransom to anyone whose method or device proved successful. The scientific establishment throughout Europe 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 been able to do on land. This work tells the story of this epic scientific quest, and of Harrison's 40-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. It also provides a brief history of astronomy, navigation and clockmaking.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

The thorniest scientific problem of the eighteenth century was how to determine longitude. Many thousands of lives had been lost at sea over the centuries due to the inability to determine an east-west position. This is the engrossing story of the clockmaker, John "Longitude" Harrison, who solved the problem that Newton and Galileo had failed to conquer, yet claimed only half the promised rich reward.

From the Back Cover:

A fully illustrated edition of the international best-seller Longitude.

The Illustrated Longitude recounts in words and images the epic quest to solve the greatest scientific problem of the eighteenth and three prior centuries: determining how a captain could pinpoint his ship's location at sea. All too often throughout the ages of exploration, voyages ended in disaster when crew and cargo were either lost at sea or destroyed upon the rocks of an unexpected landfall. Thousands of lives and the fortunes of nations hung on a resolution to the longitude problem.

To encourage a solution, governments established prizes for anyone whose method or device proved successful. The largest reward of £20,000-- truly a king's ransom-- was offered by Britain's Parliament in 1714. The scientific establishment-- from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton-- had been certain that a celestial answer would be found and invested untold effort in this pursuit. By contrast, John Harrison imagined and built the unimaginable: a clock that told perfect time at sea, known today as the chronometer. Harrison's trials and tribulations during his forty-year quest to win the prize are the culmination of this remarkable story.

The Illustrated Longitude brings a new and important dimension to Dava Sobel's celebrated story. It contains the entire original narrative of Longitude, redesigned to accompany 183 images chosen by William Andrewes-- from portraints of every important figure in the story to maps and diagrams, scientifc instruments, and John Harrison's remarkable sea clocks themselves. Andrewes's elegant captions and sidebars on scientific and historical events tell their own story of longitude, paralleling and illuminating Sobel's memorable tale.

Dava Sobel is the author of the best-sellers Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, and the editor and translator of Letters to Father. She lives in East Hampton, New York. William J. H. Andrewes is a museum consultant specializing in the history of scientific instruments and time measurement. He is the editor of The Quest for Longitude and lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

Praise for The Illustrated Longitude

"Two respected tellers of the longitude tale have teamed up! Sobel 's compelling prose is coupled with colorful and detailed illustrations provided by Andrewes. This edition responds to entreaties by readers who loved Sobel's Longitude but who wanted pictures to go with it."-- Mercator's World

"Enormous care has been devoted to the illustrations and captions. Readers will finish this book considerably more educated about geography and navigation."-- USA Today

"This new illustrated edition of Sobel's 1995 study of Harrison's remarkable instrument strikingly illuminates this largely unknown but crucial discovery."-- Dallas Morning News

Praise for Longitude

"As much a tale of intrigue as it is of science .... A book full of gems for anyone interested in history, geography, astronomy, navigation, clockmaking, and-- not the least-- plain old human ambition and greed."-- Philadelphia Inquirer

"Intricate and elegant .... No novelist could improve on the elements of Dava Sobel's Longitude."-- Newsweek

"Anyone with an interest in history or things maritime should consider Longitude. This fascinating volume brings alive the eighteenth century."-- USA Today

"Nearly perfect prose and a magnificent story, an extraordinary book."-- Washington Post Book World

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Sobel, Dava
Published by HarperCollins (1996)
ISBN 10: 000105337X ISBN 13: 9780001053373
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Chapel Street Books
(Petersfield, HANTS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. This is a audio copy of this book, all cassettes present. We sell high quality books at reasonable prices, shipped regularly from the UK. We are part of the Petersfield Bookshop who are members of the ABA, ILAB and PBFA. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000005814

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
3
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 7.01
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Sobel, D
ISBN 10: 000105337X ISBN 13: 9780001053373
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Brainbooks
(Gainesville, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penquin 1995. Softcover, 183 pp. Owner's name, otherwise like new.adaaintM9.{Philosophy of science}. Bookseller Inventory # PbengPe936

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
7.12
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.65
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Sobel, Dava
ISBN 10: 000105337X ISBN 13: 9780001053373
Used Quantity Available: 3
Seller
medimops
(Berlin, Germany)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: good. 41 Gramm. Bookseller Inventory # M0000105337X-G

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
5.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 7.15
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Dava Sobel
Published by HarperCollins Audio (1996)
ISBN 10: 000105337X ISBN 13: 9780001053373
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Audio, 1996. Audio Cassette. Book Condition: Good. Abridged. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Bookseller Inventory # 000105337X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
73.70
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds