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Longitude the story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time

Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day--and had been for centuries. The scientific establishment of Europe--from Galileo to Sir Issac Newton--had mapped the heavens in both hemispheres in its certain pursuit 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 ever been able to do on land. Longitude is a dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a new window on our world.

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  • "寻找地球刻度的人"
  • "Xun zhao di qiu ke du de ren"
  • "Longitude"
  • "Longitude"@it

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  • "Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day--and had been for centuries. The scientific establishment of Europe--from Galileo to Sir Issac Newton--had mapped the heavens in both hemispheres in its certain pursuit 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 ever been able to do on land. Longitude is a dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a new window on our world."@en
  • "Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest, and of 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 clockmaking. Through Dava Sobel's consummate skill, Longitude will open a new window on our world for all who read it."
  • "Describes the forty-year effort of John Harrison to invent the chronometer, the first instrument able to keep accurate time for navigational purposes."@en
  • "During the great age of exploration, the "longitude problem" was the gravest of scientific challenges. Without the ability to determine longitude, sailors and their ships were lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. In 1714, desperate for a solution, England's Parliament offered 20,000 pounds (the equivalent of millions of dollars today) to anyone who could solve the problem. With all the skill and storytelling ability of a great novelist, Dava Sobel captures the dramatic story at the heart of this epic scientific quest."@en
  • "Seefahrt; Navigation; Zeitmessung; Chronometer; Erfindung."
  • "Anyone alive in the eighteenth 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. Thousands of lives, and the increasing fortunes of nations, hung on a resolution. The quest for a solution had occupied scientists for the better part of two centuries when, in 1714, England's parliament upped the ante by offering a king's ransom (£20,000, or approximately $12 million in today's currency) to anyone whose method or device proved successful and reproducible. The scientific establishment throughout Europe -- from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton -- had mapped the heavens in it pursuit 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 ever been able to do on land" --Cover, p. 2."
  • "Ben shu jiang shu le na xie ke xue jing ying ru he yu gui zha, bu man quan tao, huang miu, shen zhi hua ji ke xiao de shi su shi jie xiang kang zheng yi ji yue han. ha li sen ru he xun zhao jing que de di qiu ke du de gu shi."
  • ""Anyone alive in the eighteenth 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. Thousands of lives, and the increasing fortunes of nations, hung on a resolution. The quest for a solution had occupied scientists for the better part of two centuries when, in 1714, England's parliament upped the ante by offering a king's ransom (£20,000, or approximately $12 million in today's currency) to anyone whose method or device proved successful and reproducible. The scientific establishment throughout Europe -- from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton -- had mapped the heavens in it pursuit 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 ever been able to do on land" --P. [2] of cover."@en
  • ""Anyone alive in the eighteenth 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. Thousands of lives, and the increasing fortunes of nations, hung on a resolution. The quest for a solution had occupied scientists for the better part of two centuries when, in 1714, England's parliament upped the ante by offering a king's ransom (£20,000, or approximately $12 million in today's currency) to anyone whose method or device proved successful and reproducible. The scientific establishment throughout Europe -- from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton -- had mapped the heavens in it pursuit 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 ever been able to do on land. Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, brilliance and absurdity, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking."--P. [2-3] of cover."@en
  • "John Harrison, ein schottischer Uhrmacher, setzte sich ein ehrgeiziges und unmöglich erscheinendes Ziel: eine Methode zu ersinnen, die es Seeleuten ermöglicht, den genauen Längengrad ihrer Position auf See zu bestimmen. Über vierzig Jahre arbeitete Harrison wie besessen an der Herstellung eines perfekten Chronometers und kam schliesslich - trotz Missgunst und zahlreicher Anfeindungen - zum Erfolg. Dava Sobels in luzider Prosa erzählte Geschichte dieser wissenschaftlichen Gralssuche wurde ein überwältigender internationaler Erfolg."
  • "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 ..."
  • "The story of mariners' centuries-long search for ways of determining longitude that tells not only of the scientific advances but of the perseverance, pettiness, politics, & interesting anecdotes involved. Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest, and of 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 clockmaking. Through Dava Sobel's consummate skill, Longitude will open a new window on our world for all who read it."
  • "The story of mariners' centuries-long search for ways of determining longitude that tells not only of the scientific advances but of the perseverance, pettiness, politics, & interesting anecdotes involved. Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest, and of 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 clockmaking. Through Dava Sobel's consummate skill, Longitude will open a new window on our world for all who read it."@en
  • "The true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time."
  • "An intriguing science history story of John Harrison's development of an accurate shipboard clock which indicated longitude."@en
  • "A la fois une passionnante enquête scientifique et la biographie d'un homme d'exception. [SDM]."
  • "Une enquête scientifique et une biographie de l'horloger britannique John Harrison, qui mit au point un fabuleux chronomètre et qui découvrit une méthode fiable pour calculer la longitude, alors que tous les scientifiques du XVIIIe siècle étaient contre lui. Sa découverte reconnue, l'empire britannique assura sa domination sur les océans de la planète."
  • "This is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest - the search for the solution of how to calculate longitude and the unlikely triumph of an English genius."
  • "This is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest - the search for the solution of how to calculate longitude and the unlikely triumph of an English genius."@en

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  • "Biographie"
  • "Biography"
  • "Biography"@en
  • "Biography"@es
  • "Large type books"
  • "History"@es
  • "History"@en
  • "History"
  • "Příběhy"
  • "Electronic books"@en
  • "Geschiedenis (vorm)"
  • "Online-Publikation"

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  • "Longitudine : [la vera storia della scoperta avventurosa che ha cambiato l'arte della navigazione]"
  • "Längengrad die wahre Geschichte eines einsamen Genies, welches das größte wissenschaftliche Problem seiner Zeit löste"
  • "Längengrad"
  • "Längengrad - die illustrierte Ausgabe : die wahre Geschichte eines einsamen Genies, welches das größte wissenschaftliche Problem seiner Zeit löste"
  • "Longitud : la verdadera historia de un genio solitario que resolvió el mayor problema científico de su tiempo"
  • "Longitud : la verdadera historia de un genio solitario que resolvió el mayor problema científico de su tiempo"@es
  • "經度 : 尋找地球刻度的人"
  • "Lengtegraad : het ware verhaal van een eenzaam genie dat het grootste wetenschappelijke probleem van zijn tijd oploste"
  • "Längengrad : die wahre Geschichte eines Genies, welches das grösste wissenschaftliche Problem seiner Zeit löste"
  • "Longitude the story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time"@en
  • "Longitude : the story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time"
  • "Longitude : The true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time"
  • "Longitude : the true story of a lone genius who sol-ved the greatest scientific problem of his time"@en
  • "Längengrad : die illustrierte Ausgabe ; die wahre Geschichte eines einsamen Genies, welches das größte wissenschaftliche Problem seiner Zeit löste"
  • "To stigma tōn thalassōn : ē alēthinē istoria enos monachikou andra, mias pragmatikēs megalophyias, pou elyse to megalytero epistēmoniko ainigma tēs epochēs tou"
  • "Jing du xun zhao di qiu ke du de ren = Longitude"
  • "Längengrad : die wahre Geschichte eines einsamen Genies, welches das größte wissenschaftliche Problem seiner Zeit löste"
  • "Längengrad die wahre Geschichte eines einsamen Genies, welches das grösste wissenschaftliche Problem seiner Zeit löste"
  • "Lengtegraad : het ware verhaal van een eenzaam genie dat het grootste wetenschappekijke probleem van zijn tijd oploste"
  • "經度 尋找地球刻度的人 = Longitude"
  • "Longitudi"@en
  • "Longitudi"@fi
  • "Osamělý génius : pravdivý příběh Johna Harrisona, který vyřešil největší vědecký problém své doby"
  • "Längengrad - die illustrierte Ausgabe : die wahre Geschichte eines einsamen Genies, welches das grösste wissenschaftliche Problem seiner Zeit löste"
  • "Longitude : l'histoire vraie du génie solitaire qui résolut le plus grand problème scientifique de son temps"
  • "Longitude The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time"@en
  • "Jing du : xun zhao di qiu ke du de ren = Longitude"
  • "Manden der målte længdegraden : den sandfærdige historie om et ensomt geni der løste sin tids største videnskabelige problem"@da
  • "经度 : 寻找地球刻度的人 = Longitude"
  • "Longitud"
  • "Longitud"@es
  • "Longitude : The story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time"
  • "Längengrad : die wahre Geschichte eines einsamen Genies, welches das grösste wissenschaftliche Problem seiner Zeit löste"
  • "Longitudine"@it
  • "Longitudine"
  • "Longitude"@en
  • "Longitude"
  • "Longitude : the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time"
  • "Longitude : the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time"@en
  • "Längengrad : die Ilustrierte Ausgabe : die wahre Geschichte eines einsamen Genies, welches das grösste wissenschaftliche Problem seiner Zeit"
  • "Longitude : the story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of this time"
  • "Lengdegrad : historien om et ensomt geni som løste sin samtids største vitenskapelige gåte"
  • "Longitude?"@en
  • "Jing du : xun zhao di qiu ke du de ren"
  • "Longitude the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time"
  • "Longitude the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time"@en
  • "Longitudea : bere garaiko zientzia-arazorik handiena ebatzi zuen jenio bakarti baten egiazko istorioa"

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