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By National Maritime Museum, Richard Dunn, Rebekah Higgitt

Prompt for viewing on color machine. legit e-book of the nationwide Maritime Museum's "Ships, Clocks and Stars" exhibition.

300 years in the past, amidst transforming into frustration from the naval group and strain from the expanding significance of foreign alternate, the British govt handed the 1714 Longitude Act. It was once an try and remedy some of the most urgent difficulties of the age: how you can verify a ship's longitude (east-west place) at sea. With life-changing rewards on provide, the problem captured the imaginations and abilities of astronomers, expert craftsmen, politicians, seamen and satirists.

This fantastically illustrated booklet is an in depth account of those tales, and the way the longitude challenge was once solved. Highlights of the publication include:
- Foreword through the 15th Astronomer Royal, Martin Rees.
- specifically commissioned pictures from the nationwide Maritime Museum's archive.
- a brand new description of the collaborations and conflicts in a story of technical creativity, clinical innovation and difficult commercialism.

From an identical writer as Dava Sobel's Longitude, discovering Longitude tells a brand new tale of 1 of the nice achievements of the Georgian age, and the way it replaced our realizing of the realm.

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