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The Longitude Prize

Dash, Joan

(Book - 2000)
The Longitude Prize
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The story of John Harrison, inventor of watches and clocks, who spent forty years working on a time-machine which could be used to accurately determine longitude at sea.
Publisher: Basel ; New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0374346364
Branch Call Number: 681.1 Das
QB107 .D28 2000
Characteristics: 200 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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For over 50 years, people tried to invent a machine that would tell sailors their longitude and prevent sea disasters. One was finally invented by a self-educated village carpenter but the scientific establishment fought giving him the prize that Parliament had established.

In an attempt to read a biography on Captain Cook, I found this book to provide excellent context for this place and time.

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