Längengrad

Die wahre Geschichte eines einsamen Genies, welches das größte wissenschaftliche Problem seiner Zeit löste

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Author: Dava Sobel

Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag

ISBN: 3827072360

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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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.

Longitude

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

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Author: Dava Sobel

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9780802779434

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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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. 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 scientific establishment of Europe-from Galileo to Sir Isaac 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 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, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a new window on our world.

Harrison

eine Uhr zur Bestimmung des Längengrads

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783768826174

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Page: 111

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Galileos Tochter

eine Geschichte von der Wissenschaft, den Sternen und der Liebe

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Author: Dava Sobel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442722969

Category:

Page: 430

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The Illustrated Longitude

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

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Author: Dava Sobel,William J.H. Andrewes

Publisher: Walker Books

ISBN: 9780802775931

Category: Science

Page: 224

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The Illustrated Longitude recounts in words and images the epic quest to solve the greatest scientific problem of the eighteenth and three prior centuries: determining how a captain could pinpoint his ship's location at sea. All too often throughout the ages of exploration, voyages ended in disaster when crew and cargo were either lost at sea or destroyed upon the rocks of an unexpected landfall. Thousands of lives and the fortunes of nations hung on a resolution to the longitude problem. To encourage a solution, governments established prizes for anyone whose method or device proved successful. The largest reward of £20,000 - truly a king's ransom - was offered by Britain's Parliament in 1714. The scientific establishment - from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton - had been certain that a celestial answer would be found and invested untold effort in this pursuit. By contrast, John Harrison imagined and built the unimaginable: a clock that told perfect time at sea, known today as the chronometer. Harrison's trials and tribulations during his forty-year quest to win the prize are the culmination of this remarkable story. The Illustrated Longitude brings a new and important dimension to Dava Sobel's celebrated story. It contains the entire original narrative of Longitude, redesigned to accompany 183 images chosen by William Andrewes - from portraints of every important figure in the story to maps and diagrams, scientifc instruments, and John Harrison's remarkable sea clocks themselves. Andrewes's elegant captions and sidebars on scientific and historical events tell their own story of longitude.

The American Past: A Survey of American History

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Author: Joseph R. Conlin

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1133946534

Category: History

Page: 960

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America's past is full of politics as well as personal stories. That's why Conlin's THE AMERICAN PAST: A SURVEY OF AMERICAN HISTORY teaches history the way it happened: real people with real stories. Through short narratives from political figures' lives, you'll discover how our nation grew from a colonial project to an international superpower. Along the way, you'll find the human dimension emphasized with the stories of men and women of different regional, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds described in colorful detail. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

About Time

Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang

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Author: Adam Frank

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439169616

Category: Science

Page: 432

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The Big Bang is all but dead, and we do not yet know what will replace it. Our universe’s “beginning” is at an end. What does this have to do with us here on Earth? Our lives are about to be dramatically shaken again—as altered as they were with the invention of the clock, the steam engine, the railroad, the radio and the Internet. In The End of the Beginning, Adam Frank explains how the texture of our lives changes along with our understanding of the universe’s origin. Since we awoke to self-consciousness fifty thousand years ago, our lived experience of time—from hunting and gathering to the development of agriculture to the industrial revolution to the invention of Outlook calendars—has been transformed and rebuilt many times. But the latest theories in cosmology— time with no beginning, parallel universes, eternal inflation—are about to send us in a new direction. Time is both our grandest and most intimate conception of the universe. Many books tell the story, recounting the progress of scientific cosmology. Frank tells the story of humanity’s deepest question— when and how did everything begin?—alongside the story of how human beings have experienced time. He looks at the way our engagement with the world— our inventions, our habits and more—has allowed us to discover the nature of the universe and how those discoveries, in turn, inform our daily experience. This astounding book will change the way we think about time and how it affects our lives.

North Pole, South Pole

The Epic Quest to Solve the Great Mystery of Earth's Magnetism

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Author: Gillian Turner

Publisher: The Experiment

ISBN: 1615191321

Category: Science

Page: 288

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This “fantastic story” of one of physics’ great riddles takes us through centuries of scientific history (Simon Lamb, author of Devil in the Mountain). Why do compass needles point north—but not quite north? What guides the migration of birds, whales, and fish across the world’s oceans? How is Earth able to sustain life under an onslaught of solar wind and cosmic radiation? For centuries, the world’s great scientists have grappled with these questions, all rooted in the same phenomenon: Earth’s magnetism. Over two thousand years after the invention of the compass, Einstein called the source of Earth’s magnetic field one of greatest unsolved mysteries of physics. Here, for the first time, is the complete history of the quest to understand the planet’s attractive pull—from the ancient Greeks’ fascination with lodestone to the geological discovery that the North Pole has not always been in the North—and to the astonishing modern conclusions that finally revealed the true source. Richly illustrated and skillfully told, North Pole, South Pole unfolds the human story behind the science: that of the inquisitive, persevering, and often dissenting thinkers who unlocked the secrets at our planet’s core. “In recent years, many very good books for interested non-scientists have been published: Richard Dawkins’s Climbing Mount Improbable and The Ancestor’s Tale, Stephen Jay Gould’s The Lying Stones of Marrakech, and Dava Sobel’s Longitude and The Planets, to name some of them. North Pole, South Pole . . . is a worthy addition to that list . . . Turner has a great story to tell, and she tells it well.” —The Press (New Zealand)

Mystery at Lynden Sands

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Author: J. J. Connington

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1471905985

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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'Mr J. J. Connington is a name revered by all specialists on detective fiction' Spectator In the fourth Sir Clinton Driffield mystery, the detective finds himself up against a missing heir, an accidental bigamist, a series of secret marriages and impersonations and an ingenious scientific murder. Aided by his wit and powers of reasoning, as well as Wendover, his very own Watson, Sir Clinton once again succeeds in piecing together a solution as the novel reaches its thrilling climax.

American Literature’s Aesthetic Dimensions

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Author: Cindy Weinstein,Christopher Looby

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231520778

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 432

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Rethinking the category of aesthetics in light of recent developments in literary theory and social criticism, the contributors to this volume showcase the interpretive possibilities available to those who bring politics, culture, ideology, and conceptions of identity into their critiques. Essays combine close readings of individual works and authors with more theoretical discussions of aesthetic theory and its relation to American literature. In their introduction, Weinstein and Looby argue that aesthetics never left American literary critique. Instead, the essay casts the current "return to aesthetics" as the natural consequence of shortcomings in deconstruction and new historicism, which led to a reconfiguration of aesthetics. Subsequent essays demonstrate the value and versatility of aesthetic considerations in literature, from eighteenth-century poetry to twentieth-century popular music. Organized into four groups—politics, form, gender, and theory—contributors revisit the canonical works of Henry James, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Stephen Crane, introduce the overlooked texts of Constance Fenimore Woolson and Earl Lind, and unpack the complexities of the music of The Carpenters. Deeply rooted in an American context, these essays explore literature's aesthetic dimensions in connection to American liberty and the formation of political selfhood. Contributors include Edward Cahill, Ivy G. Wilson, June Ellison, Dorri Beam, Christopher Castiglia, Christopher Looby, Wendy Steiner, Cindy Weinstein, Trish Loughran, Jonathan Freedman, Elisa New, Dorothy Hale, Mary Esteve, Eric Lott, Sianne Ngai

War at a Distance

Romanticism and the Making of Modern Wartime

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Author: Mary A. Favret

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400831555

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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What does it mean to live during wartime away from the battle zone? What is it like for citizens to go about daily routines while their country sends soldiers to kill and be killed across the globe? Timely and thought-provoking, War at a Distance considers how those left on the home front register wars and wartime in their everyday lives, particularly when military conflict remains removed from immediate perception, available only through media forms. Looking back over two centuries, Mary Favret locates the origins of modern wartime in the Napoleonic era and describes how global military operations affected the British populace, as the nation's army and navy waged battles far from home for decades. She reveals that the literature and art produced in Britain during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries obsessively cultivated means for feeling as much as understanding such wars, and established forms still relevant today. Favret examines wartime literature and art as varied as meditations on the Iliad, the history of meteorology, landscape painting in India, and popular poetry in newspapers and periodicals; she locates the embedded sense of war and dislocation in works ranging from Austen, Coleridge, and Wordsworth to Woolf, Stevens, and Sebald; and she contemplates how literature provides the public with methods for responding to violent calamities happening elsewhere. Bringing to light Romanticism's legacy in reflections on modern warfare, this book shows that war's absent presence affects home in deep and irrevocable ways.

On the Edge

Mapping North America's Coasts

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Author: Thomas R. Dunlap

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199974381

Category: Science

Page: 264

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With our access to Google Maps, Global Positioning Systems, and Atlases that cover all regions and terrains and tell us precisely how to get from one place to another, we tend to forget there was ever a time when the world was unknown and uncharted--a mystery waiting to be solved. In On the Edge, Roger McCoy tells the captivating--and often harrowing--story of the 400 year effort to map North America's Coasts. Much of the book is based on the narratives of mariners who sought a passage through the continent to Asia and produced maps as a byproduct of their journeys. These courageous explorers had to rely on the most rudimentary mapping tools and to contend with unimaginably harsh conditions: ship-crushing ice floes; the threat of frostbite, scurvy, and starvation; gold fever and mutiny; ice that could lock them in for months on end; and, inevitably, the failure to find the elusive Northwest passage. Telling the story from the explorers' perspective, McCoy allows readers to see how maps of their voyages were made and why they were so full of errors, as well as how they gradually acquired greater accuracy, especially after the longitude problem was solved. On the Edge tracks the dramatic voyages of John Cabot, John Davis, Captain Cook, Henry Hudson, Martin Frobisher, John Franklin (who nearly starved to death and become known in England as "the man who ate his boots"), and others, concluding with Robert Peary, Otto Sverdrup, and Vihjalmur Steffanson in the early twentieth century. Drawing upon diaries, journals, and other primary sources--and including a set of maps charting the progress of exploration over time--On the Edge shows exactly how we came to know the shape of our continent.

Key Concepts in Geography

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Author: Sarah Holloway,Stephen P Rice,Gill Valentine

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761973898

Category: Science

Page: 342

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Defining the key terms that inform the language of geography and define the geographical imagination: space, time, place, scale, landscape, this volume provides definitions of terms from both human and physical geography.

The Knowledge

How to Rebuild our World from Scratch

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Author: Lewis Dartnell

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448137381

Category: Science

Page: 352

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If the world as we know it ended tomorrow, how would you survive? A nuclear war, viral pandemic or asteroid strike. The world as we know it has ended. You and the other survivors must start again. What knowledge would you need to start rebuilding civilisation from scratch? How do you grow food, generate power, prepare medicines, or get metal out of rocks? Could you avert another Dark Ages, or take shortcuts to accelerate redevelopment? Living in the modern world, we have become disconnected from the basic processes and key fundamentals of science that sustain our lives. Ingenious and groundbreaking, The Knowledge explains everything you need to know about everything, revolutionising your understanding of the world. ‘A glorious compendium of the knowledge we have lost in the living...the most inspiring book I’ve read in a long time’ Independent ‘A terrifically engrossing history of science and technology’ Guardian http://the-knowledge.org/

Der Triumph des Kommodore

Roman

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Author: Patrick O'Brian

Publisher: Refinery

ISBN: 3960480458

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Als eines Morgens der Erste Seelord ausrichten läßt, daß für Kapitän Aubrey ein kleines Geschwader zusammengestellt wurde, mit dem er an der afrikanischen Westküste den britischen Handelsverkehr schützen und den blühenden Sklavenhandel unterbinden soll, ist dies eine nicht zu unterschätzende Herausforderung. Die Sklavenhändler genießen die Protektion höchster Stellen und werden von Kriegsschiffen begleitet, weshalb Aubrey diesmal besonders auf die Unterstützung seines mit allen politischen Wassern gewaschenen Bordarztes und vielsprachigen Geheimdienstexperten angewiesen ist. Doch dies ist nur der erste Teil seiner erfolgreichen Mission. Die Franzosen bereiten zu dieser Zeit an der irischen Küste eine Invasion vor, weshalb Aubrey zurückbeordert wird, um derartige Pläne zu vereiteln ... Der siebzehnte Roman aus der marinehistorischen Bestsellerserie um den schließlich doch noch zum Kommodore beförderten Seehelden Aubrey und seinen Freund, den Schiffsarzt Dr. Stephen Maturin.

Continental Shelf Limits

The Scientific and Legal Interface

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Author: Peter J. Cook,Chris M. Carleton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198027867

Category: Law

Page: 384

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Article 76 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea lays down the rules and regulations governing claims to a continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles for the 130 coastal States and entities that have ratified or acceded to it. This book is designed to help those coastal States implement the provisions of Article 76, covering the technical issues involved and explaining the interface between the legal concepts contained within the article. It covers all aspects that will have to be considered by a coastal State if it wishes to make a claim under the Convention, including the characteristics of continental margins, distance determination, bathymetric data collection. geological and geophysical techniques, and boundary conditions.

The Ha-Ha Case

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Author: J. J. Connington

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1471906086

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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It was at the hidden stone wall in the spinney that Johnnie Brandon, rabbit shooting with a party of guests, was instantly killed by a shotgun charge. That day he had attained his majority, but the night before he had been discovered in a compromising situation with the wife of the man who had been his mentor. The inquest ruled 'accidental death' but Inspector Hinton was soon to discover that it was murder that was the motive ...

Meilensteine der Mathematik

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Author: Ian Stewart

Publisher: Spektrum Akademischer Verlag

ISBN: 9783827423009

Category: Science

Page: 288

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Wer hat die Null erfunden? Wie können imaginäre Zahlen helfen, dass reale Wolkenkratzer nicht umfallen? Wo treffen sich parallele Linien? Und wann haben Sie heute zuletzt abstrakte Algebra genutzt? (Doch, Sie haben.) Wie die Mathematik die moderne Welt erschaffen hat – eine illustrierte Geschichte der Mathematik für ein breites Publikum, von den Ursprüngen im Zweistromland bis zur Gegenwart Ian Stewarts spannende Geschichte der Mathematik führt uns von der frühen Hochkultur der Babylonier bis zu den letzten ungelösten Rätseln dieser Disziplin. In typisch Stewart'scher Manier, also unterhaltsam und zugleich fundiert, schildert und erklärt er die großen Meilensteine der Mathematik – von den ersten Zahlensystemen bis zur Chaostheorie – und geht der Frage nach, welche Auswirkungen sie auf die Gesellschaft hatten und wie sie den Alltag auf alle Zeit veränderten. Er bringt uns dabei auch die Geistesgrößen der Mathematik näher, von den Naturforschern und Denkern Babyloniens, Griechenlands und Ägyptens über Newton und Descartes bis zu Fermat, Babbage und Gödel. Ohne den Leser mit komplizierten Formeln zu erschrecken, macht er die Schlüsselkonzepte der Mathematik verständlich. Als anregender historischer Streifzug für den interessierten Laien steckt Meilensteine der Mathematik voller faszinierender Details und kurioser Anekdoten. Hundert Abbildungen und Diagramme beleuchten und erhellen ein Gebiet, das von vielen Menschen gefürchtet wird, das aber unsere heutige Welt entscheidend geprägt hat.

Executive

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Executives

Page: N.A

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