Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
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Forgotten the title or the author of a book? Our BookSleuth is specially designed for you. Visit BookSleuth Determining latitude was relatively easy in that it could be found from the altitude of the sun at noon with the aid of a table giving the sun's declination for the day. Latitude can also be determined from night sightings of Polaris, the northern pole star. Dutton's Navigation and Piloting, 12th edition. G.D. Dunlap and H.H. Shufeldt, eds. Naval Institute Press 1972, ISBN 0-87021-163-3
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The inability to solve the longitude problem for so long also had dire consequences. If a ship didn't know how far to the east or west it had traveled, then it didn't know where land was likely to be, and the unexpected contiguity of land had B&N: It must have been exciting, and a bit scary, to have Longitude adapted for the screen. How much creative control did you have? Arthritis: What Works; Revolutionary Healing Approaches From An Unprecedented Nationwide Survey Of People With Arthritis. St. Martin's Press. 1992.
Harrison was born in Yorkshire, the UK in 1693. The eldest of five children, he didn’t receive any formal education and started as a carpenter early in his life. Harrison craved learning in his teenage years. When he was 19 years old, a clergyman lent him a treasured textbook, a handbook of natural philosophy copied by a mathematician at Cambridge University. Harrison appreciated it. He made his own copy and studied the copy repeatedly.
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American Library Association Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners, Science and Technology, 2004  Dava Sobel, like Simon Winchester or Canada's Pierre Berton, has clearly mastered the art of writing history in a form that is not only informative but, perhaps more important, is also compelling and entertaining. Before Britannia could rule the waves, its captains needed to figure out where their ships were going and, just as importantly, how to return home. The Discovery of the Longitude is of such Consequence to Great Britain for the safety of the Navy and Merchant Ships as well as for the improvement of Trade that for want thereof many Ships have been retarded in their voyages, and many lost..." and announced the Longitude Prize "for such person or persons as shall discover the Longitude." American Library Association Non-fiction Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners, 1999 Over time other ladies joined the group, thanks to the director’s farsighted hiring practices and the introduction of photography to astronomy. Instead of observing through the telescope by night, the women could analyze the stars in daylight on glass photographic plates. Harvard's female workforce grew accordingly, and its individual members won national and international acclaim for their discoveries. Eventually his son, William, appealed to King George III, who reportedly muttered under his breath, ''These people have been cruelly treated,'' and said aloud to William, ''By God, Harrison, I will see you righted.'' The Illustrated Longitude; The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time The Planets: A discourse on the discovery, science, history and mythology, of the planets in our solar system, with one chapter devoted to each of the celestial spheres. (2005) ISBN 1-85702-850-3, OCLC 77646686  She writes, ''Coming face with these machines at last -- after having read countless accounts of their construction and trial, after having seen every detail of their insides and outsides in still and moving pictures -- reduced me to tears.''