Friday, December 12, 2003

Longitude by Dava Sobel

A very interesting book about the quest to find a practical and accurate way to determine a ship’s longitude at sea. I saw the movie on A&E and, in contrast to the book, the movie left me with the impression that the Longitude Board confounded Harrison’s quest for the perfect timepiece from the very beginning. They did not. They, in fact, encouraged his efforts early on and were ready to accept one of his early prototypes as the winner. It was Harrison himself who took that model back to the drawing board because it wasn’t perfect enough for him. The book was also much less about Harrison himself and much more about the overall scientific search for the longitude.
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