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Longitude:
The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Pr

by Dava Sobel

ISBN 0802713122 / 9780802713124 / 0-8027-1312-2
Publisher Walker & Company
Language English
Edition Softcover
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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. [via]