By Dava Sobel
Anyone alive within the eighteenth century might have identified that "the longitude challenge" was once the thorniest medical quandary of the day―and were for hundreds of years. missing the power to degree their longitude, sailors during the nice a while of exploration were actually misplaced at sea once they overlooked land. millions of lives and the expanding fortunes of countries held on a answer. One guy, John Harrison, in whole competition to the medical group, dared to visualize a mechanical solution―a clock that may hold specific time at sea, anything no clock had ever been capable of do on land. Longitude is the dramatic human tale of an epic clinical quest and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with development his excellent timekeeper, identified at the present time because the chronometer. packed with heroism and chicanery, it's also a desirable short background of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a brand new window on our world.
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For a number of months on the outset, I maintained the insane concept that i'll write this e-book with no touring to England and seeing the timekeepers firsthand. I owe an incredible vote of due to my brother Stephen Sobel, D. D. S. , for propelling me to London so i'll stand at the leading meridian with my youngsters, Zoe and Isaac, root round the outdated Royal Observatory, and watch clocks at a variety of museums. I consulted many books on the way to piece jointly my model of the longitude tale. For assisting me locate hard-to-get and out-of-print versions, i need to thank Will Andrewes and his assistant Martha Richardson at Harvard; P. J. Rogers of Rogers and Turner booksellers, London and Paris; Sandra Cumming of the Royal Society in London; Eileen Doudna of the Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, Pennsylvania; Anne Shallcross on the Time Museum, Rockford, Illinois; Burton Van Deusen of Bay View Books, East Hampton, ny; my pricey good friend Diane Ackerman, and my A+ niece Amanda Sobel. an entire bibliography follows. attitude, Paul M. the yank Reader. long island: Rand McNally, 1958. Asimov, Isaac. Asimov’s Biographical Encyclopedia of technology and know-how. big apple: Doubleday, 1972. Barrow, Sir John. The lifetime of George Lord Anson. London: John Murray, 1839. Bedini, Silvio A. the heartbeat of Time: Galileo Galilei, the selection of Longitude, and the Pendulum Clock. Firenze: Bibliotecca di Nuncius, 1991. Betts, Jonathan. Harrison. London: nationwide Maritime Museum, 1993. Brown, Lloyd A. the tale of Maps. Boston: Little, Brown, 1949. Dutton, Benjamin. Navigation and Nautical Astronomy. Annapolis: U. S. Naval Institute, 1951. Earnshaw, Thomas. Longitude: An attract the general public. London: 1808; rpt. British Horological Institute, 1986. Espinasse, Margaret. Robert Hooke. London: Heinemann, 1956. Gould, Rupert T. John Harrison and His Timekeepers. London: nationwide Maritime Museum, 1978. (Reprinted from The Mariner’s replicate, Vol. XXI, No. 2, April 1935. ) ______. The Marine Chronometer. London: J. D. Potter, 1923; rpt. vintage creditors’ membership, 1989. lots, Leo. Log of the Centurion. long island: Macmillan, 1973. Hobden, Heather, and Hobden, Mervyn. John Harrison and the matter of Longitude. Lincoln, England: Cosmic Elk, 1988. Howse, Derek. Nevil Maskelyne, The Seaman’s Astronomer. Cambridge, England: Cambridge collage Press, 1989. Landes, David S. Revolution in Time. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard collage Press, 1983. Laycock, William. The misplaced technological know-how of John “Longitude” Harrison. Kent, England: Brant Wright, 1976. Macey, Samuel L. , ed. Encyclopedia of Time. big apple: Garland, 1994. may perhaps, W. E. “How the Chronometer Went to Sea,” in Antiquarian Horology, March 1976, pp. 638–63. Mercer, Vaudrey. John Arnold and Son, Chronometer Makers, 1762–1843. London: Antiquarian Horological Society, 1972. Miller, Russell. The East Indiamen. Alexandria, Virginia: Time-Life, 1980. Morison, Samuel Eliot. The Oxford background of the yank humans. ny: Oxford collage Press, 1965. Moskowitz, Saul. “The approach to Lunar Distances and Technological Advance,” offered on the Institute of Navigation, long island, 1969.