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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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During the great age of exploration, the "longitude problem" was the gravest of scientific challenges. Without the ability to determine longitude, ... Show synopsis

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Reviews of Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

Overall customer rating: 4.667
Reader70

Amazing History!!!

by Reader70 on Nov 10, 2011

I was just introduced to author Dava Sobel, and this is the first of her books that I have read. She populates a fascinating historical event with believable characters. A wonderful job.

egeezer

How it really happened....

by egeezer on Aug 16, 2007

This is an account of the development of a navigational tool we've all taken for granted for years. We all assume this capability has been around for centuries. No so, and this author makes the inventor's story a real page-turner. This little gem should be required reading for everyone!!!

delmarva

An untold story of intrigue.

by delmarva on Apr 20, 2007

A quick scan of the cover does not begin to describe the contents of this little gem. On the surface, it appears to be just an another historical trek down science lane but once you begin reading Sobel's tale you realize she is spinning a very real story of intrigue. Just discovering the background of John Harrison alone makes you marvel at how he could had solved such a complex problem. Then add in the fact that the most learned astronomical thinkers of the time were in competition with him is where the intrigue of this tale begins. Sobel keeps the technical aspects of this story simple to read and understand and concentrates on the historical facts and the struggle Harrison waged to prove himself.

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