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Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
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With Neil Armstrong (other contributor) | from Walker & Co (October 1, 2005)
9780802714626 | details & prices | 184 pages | 7.55 × 5.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $22.00
About: Describes the forty-year effort of John Harrison to invent the chronometer, the first instrument able to keep accurate time for navigational purposes.
Large print edition from Isis Large Print Books (January 1, 1998)
9780753150368 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $24.95
About: In the tercentenary year of the Longitude Act, Fourth Estate present an anniversary edition of Dana Sobel's bestselling history of an epic scientific quest and the unlikely triumph of an English genius.
from Walker & Co (October 1, 1995)
9780802713124 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $19.00
About: Describes the forty-year effort of John Harrison to invent the chronometer, the first instrument able to keep accurate time for navigational purposes
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Penguin USA (October 1, 1996)
9780140258790 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $13.00
About: Describes the forty-year effort of John Harrison to invent the chronometer, the first instrument able to keep accurate time for navigational purposes
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With Kate Reading (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Random House (October 4, 2005)
9780739323786 | details & prices | 5.50 × 5.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $25.95
About: Describes the forty-year effort of John Harrison to invent the chronometer, the first instrument able to keep accurate time for navigational purposes.
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With Jane Jacobs (other contributor) | from St Martins Pr (March 15, 1996)
9781559273978 | details & prices | 4.75 × 7.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $17.95
About: Describes the forty-year effort of John Harrison to invent the chronometer, the first instrument able to keep accurate time for navigational purposes.
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Publisher Penguin USA
Publication date October 1, 1996
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140258790
ISBN-10 0140258795
Dimensions 0.50 by 4.50 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.30 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $13.00
Other format details sci/tech
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Summary
An award-winning science journalist traces the development of the marine chronometer by an obscure, uneducated clock maker--an invention that revolutionized sailing by allowing navigators to determine their ship's longitude. Reprint. Tour. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: During the great ages of exploration, "the longitude problem" was the gravest of all scientific challenges. Lacking the ability to determine their longitude, sailors were literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Ships ran aground on rocky shores; those traveling well-known routes were easy prey to pirates.

In 1714, England's Parliament offered a huge reward to anyone whose method of measuring longitude could be proven successful. The scientific establishment--from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton--had mapped the heavens in its certainty 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. And the race was on....

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