The Man Who Made Time Travel

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Apr 2, 2003 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 48 pages
Who would solve one of the most perplexing scientific problems of all time?

This dramatic picture-book biography brings to life – with illustrations that glow with wit and inspiration – the fascinating story of the quest to measure longitude. While the scientific establishment of the eighteenth century was certain that the answer lay in mapping the heavens, John Harrison, an obscure, uneducated clockmaker, dared to imagine a different solution: a seafaring clock. How Harrison held fast to his vision and dedicated his life to the creation of a small jewel of a timepiece that would change the world is a compelling story – as well as a memorable piece of history, science, and biography.

A Junior Library Guild Selection

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User Review  - themulhern - LibraryThing

A good introduction to the subject and excellent illustrations, but the text is somewhat sloppy. It gives the impression that the writer understood the drama but not the technology. Read full review

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User Review  - SarahClick - LibraryThing

Summary: Back in the day, many ships were lost at sea because they didnt know where they were. Longitude was immeasurable and this made it hard to get across the ocean. Many sailors died and this had ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

Kathryn Lasky’s honors and awards include the Washington Post Children’s Book Award for her contribution to nonfiction. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Kevin Hawkes has illustrated many award-winning picture books, including The Librarian Who Measured the Earth, also by Kathryn Lasky, a School Library Journal Best Book. He lives in Gorham, Maine.

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