Longitude Dava Sobel Folio Society 2014


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This is the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time. Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest, to solve what was known as ‘the longitude problem’. 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. In 1714 Parliament offered £20,000 to anyone who could solve this problem, so began 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 clock making


  • Folio Society First Impression
  • Publisher Folio Society, London; 2014
  • Hardback Bound in Paper, 148 pp
  • Including Photographs and Pen and Ink Drawings by John Harrison
  • Size 240mm x 165mm, 0.9kg

Condition: Fine – Superb Unmarked Copy

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Weight 0.9 kg


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