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Author Dunn, Richard, 1966- author.

Title Ships, Clocks, and Stars [electronic resource] : The Quest for Longitude / Dunn Richard.

Publication Info. [Place of publication not identified] : HarperCollins, [2014]


Description 1 online resource (256 pages)
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Summary A tale of eighteenth-century invention and competition, commerce and conflict, this is a lively, illustrated, and accurate chronicle of the search to solve the longitude problem, the question of how to determine a ships position at seaand one that changed the history of mankind. Ships, Clocks, and Stars brings into focus one of our greatest scientific stories: the search to accurately measure a ships position at sea. The incredible, illustrated volume reveals why longitude mattered to seafaring nations, illuminates the various solutions that were proposed and tested, and explores the invention that revolutionized human history and the man behind it, John Harrison. Here, too, are the voyages of Captain Cook that put these revolutionary navigational methods to the test. Filled with astronomers, inventors, politicians, seamen, and satirists, Ships, Clocks, and Stars explores the scientific, political, and commercial battles of the age, as well as the sailors, ships, and voyages that made it legendfrom Matthew Flinders and George Vancouver to the voyages of the Bounty and the Beagle. Featuring more than 150 photographs specially commissioned from Britains National Maritime Museum, this evocative, detailed, and thoroughly fascinating history brings this age of exploration and enlightenment vividly to life.
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Subject National Maritime Museum (Great Britain) -- Exhibitions.
Discoveries in science -- Great Britain -- History -- Exhibitions.
Navigation -- History -- Exhibitions.
Nautical astronomy -- History -- Exhibitions.
Longitude -- Measurement -- History -- Exhibitions.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Container of (work): Dunn, Richard, 1966- Finding longitude.
Rees, Martin J., 1942- writer of supplementary textual content.
Higgitt, Rebekah, author.
National Maritime Museum (Great Britain), host institution.
United Technologies Corporation, sponsor.
Royal Museums Greenwich, issuing body.
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Other Form: version: Dunn, Richard, 1966- Ships, clocks, and stars. New York, NY : Harper Design, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers ; Greenwich, London : [Published] in association with Royal Museums Greenwich, 2014. 9780062353566 (DLC)2014940259
ISBN 9780062357175 (e-pub)
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