Greenwich Time and the Longitude: Official Millennium Guide

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Philip Wilson Publishers, 1997 - Science - 199 pages
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The history of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich has been revised to coincide with the Millenium. Color illustrations and updated text tell the story of Greenwich from its foundations in 1676 to its present status as Longitude 0, the world's Prime Meridian for measuring longitude and time.

The book covers the importance of longitude for navigation and traces the history of Greenwich Time, the basis of universal time-keeping.

The book is co-published with the National Maritime Museum, where Derek Howse was the former Head of Navigation and Astronomy.

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Derek Howse retired from the Royal Navy as a Lieutenant Commander in 1958 and later became Head of Navigation and Astronomy at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. Among his books are "The Sea Chart" (1973) and "Greenwich Time and the Discovery of the Longitude" (1980). Norman J. W. Thrower is Professor of Geography and former Director of the Clark Library at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is the author of "The Three Voyages of Edmond Hawlley in the "Paramore," 1698-1701" and editor of "Sir Francis Drake and the Famous Voyage" (California, 1984), among many other books.

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