Longitude, Dava Sobel’s no.1 bestseller, is the elegant biography of the lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his times.
With new material from Dava Sobel and William Andrewes, and illustrated with over 200 integrated photographs, The Illustrated Longitude is the essential book for everyone who fell in love with John Harrison’s story and wants to know more.
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 scientific establishment throughout Europe – from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton – had mapped the heavens in its certain pursuit of a celestial answer. In stark contrast, one man, John Harrison, dared to imagine a mechanical solution.
The Illustrated Longitude is a fascinating history of astronomy, navigation and clockmaking. Lavishly produced with over 200 illustrations, The Illustrated Longitude has much new material to help the reader learn more of John Harrison’s extraordinary story and his times. There are biographical articles on all the major characters added; boxed information on the important scientific, nautical, historical and artistic background to the extraordinary story, time lines, and diagrams to explain the geography, horology and astrology of the Longitude problem.Reseña del editor:
In addition to the text of Longitude this edition also contains over 200 illustrations, biographical articles on the major characters, additional boxed information on the important scientific, nautical, historical and artistic events of the day, time lines and diagrams to explain geographical, horological and astronomical aspects of longitude.
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Buchbeschreibung Fourth Estate Ltd, 1998. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Fine. First Edition. 26,16 x 23,62 x 2,79. leichte Gebrauchsspuren--- 1238 Gramm. Artikel-Nr. 68847
Buchbeschreibung London, Fourth Estate Limited, 1998. First Edition. 23.5cm x 26cm. 216 pages with 178 illustrations. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket. Very good condition with only minor signs of wear. Includes for example: Imaginary Lines/ The Sea before Time/ Adrift in a Clockwork Universe/ Time in a Bottle/ Powder of Sympathy/ The Prize/ Cogmaker's Journal/ The Grasshopper Goes to Sea/ Hands on Heaven's Clock/ The Diamond Timekeeper/ Trial by Fire and Water/ A Tale of Two Portraits/ The Second Voyage of Captain James Cook/ The Mass Production of Genius/ In the Meridian Courtyard/. Artikel-Nr. 898BB