Dava Sobel
Walker and Co., New York, 2007, 1995, English
Nonfiction, General
ISBN: 9780802713124
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Bruce Hannah

Who knew that longitude as a navigational aid didn’t exist until a “tinkerer,” John Harrison, perfected the “clock”?  Who knew there was a Longitude Act, passed by Parliament in 1714? These, along with a multitude of other facts and figures—including why there is Greenwich Mean Time—all become very clear once you read Longitude. One of those numbers that reads out on your iPhone telling you your location is longitude. Thank you, John Harrison.

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