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


Author: Dava Sobel

Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag

ISBN: 3827072360

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 9957

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.

Greenwich Time and the Longitude

Official Millennium Guide


Author: Derek Howse

Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers, Limited


Category: Science

Page: 199

View: 5605

The history of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich has been revised to coincide with the Millenium. Color illustrations and updated text tell the story of Greenwich from its foundations in 1676 to its present status as Longitude 0°, the world's Prime Meridian for measuring longitude and time. The book covers the importance of longitude for navigation and traces the history of Greenwich Time, the basis of universal time-keeping. The book is co-published with the National Maritime Museum, where Derek Howse was the former Head of Navigation and Astronomy.



Author: Dava Sobel

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007382006

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 6393

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. With a Foreword by Neil Armstrong.

Longitude by Wire

Finding North America


Author: Richard Stachurski

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781570038013

Category: History

Page: 239

View: 4070

In this study, Richard Stachurski chronicles the amazing tale of discoveries made by American scientists as they worked to solve the life-threatening quandry faced by mariners of having accurate navigational charts, and to develop a precise method of measuring longitude.

Longitude and Empire

How Captain Cook's Voyages Changed the World


Author: Brian W. Richardson

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 0774859830

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 8418

Before Captain Cook's three voyages, to Europeans the globe was uncertain and dangerous; after, it was comprehensible and ordered. Written as a conceptual field guide to the voyages, Longitude and Empire offers a significant rereading of both the expeditions and modern political philosophy. More than any other work, printed accounts of the voyages marked the shift from early modern to modern ways of looking at the world. The globe was no longer divided between Europeans and savages but populated instead by an almost overwhelming variety of national identities. Cook's voyages took the fragmented and obscure global descriptions available at the time and consolidated them into a single, comprehensive textual vision. Locations became fixed on the map and the people, animals, plants, and artifacts associated with them were identified, collected, understood, and assimilated into a world order. This fascinating account offers a new understanding of Captain Cook's voyages and how they affected the European world view.

The Longitude and Latitude Found by the Inclinatory Or Dipping Needle;

Wherein the Laws of Magnetism are Also Disover'd. To which is Prefix'd, an Historical Preface; and to which is Subjoin'd, Mr. Robert Norman's New Attractive, Or Account of the First Invention of the Dipping Needle


Author: William Whiston

Publisher: N.A


Category: Dip needles

Page: 115

View: 7049

The Quest for Longitude

The Proceedings of the Longitude Symposium, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 4-6, 1993


Author: William J. H. Andrewes,Harvard University. Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments

Publisher: Collection of Histroic Scientific


Category: Science

Page: 437

View: 5051

The Quest for Longitude is a book for students and for teachers, for collectors and for scholars, and for the thousands of people who, having enjoyed Sobel's Longitude, desire a well-illustrated reference that describes in detail the many fascinating devices and the intriguing characters who, by solving the ancient problem of finding longitude at sea, changed the world forever. 250 illustrations, 120 in color.

Latitude and Longitude--Read, Read, Read Your Map Hands-On Activity


Author: Sarah D. Giese

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

ISBN: 1425878032

Category: Social Science

Page: 8

View: 7159

Make geography fun and interactive to motivate your students. Encourage teamwork, creativity, reflection, and decision making. Take an active approach to teaching while inspiring your students to make their own explorations of geography.

Latitude, Longitude, and Direction


Author: Julia J. Quinlan

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1448861578

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

View: 6887

Explains the concepts of latitude and longitude as well as the purpose of the compass rose on a map.

Latitude and Longitude--Grid and Bear It! Hands-On Activity


Author: Sarah D. Giese

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

ISBN: 1425878024

Category: Social Science

Page: 10

View: 3137

Make geography fun and interactive to motivate your students. Encourage teamwork, creativity, reflection, and decision making. Take an active approach to teaching while inspiring your students to make their own explorations of geography.

Discovery of Longitude, The


Author: Joan Marie Galat

Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 9781455616374

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 9514

Scientific discovery changes the world! Discover the fascinating story behind one of the most important changes to nautical navigation in this nonfiction book for young readers. More than 300 years ago, explorers wandered the seas using unreliable maps. What they needed to know was the longitude of their locations, but for that they needed accurate time keeping. Unfortunately, no accurate source of time measurement at sea existed. In 1714 the British government decided to offer a reward to anyone who could solve the problem. Learned men and great thinkers alike tried unsuccessfully to work out a solution. They declared it unsolvable! Carpenter John Harrison was intrigued; he thought he might have a solution. He worked for years to design a clock that functioned accurately at sea, even though no one believed he could do it. Even after his timepiece was demonstrated effective at sea, he was still not acknowledged for his ingenious solution. It took many years and intervention by the king to grant Harrison the recognition and reward he deserved for solving the problem of how to accurately track longitude and for winning the British government prize. The book offers a detailed map of the world at that time and includes the advancements in the use of longitude since then.