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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
Author: Dava Sobel
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. Thou...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780802713124
ISBN-10: 0802713122
Publication Date: 11/1/1995
Pages: 224
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
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Publisher: Walker Company
Book Type: Hardcover
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My sextant is in storage, my sailboat racing days gone, and I've forgotten how to be first over the line anyway. However, this book brought some of it back to me in a very entertaining way. I wish it had been available to me back in the old days when boredom took over in those doldrums.

Ms. Sobel has done a good job of making the longitude problem interesting. Many documentary makers could have used her input. I highly recommend this book to others who may wonder about how sailors survived without GPS and satellites for their computers.


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