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User Review  - mamzel - LibraryThing

This is a brief and to-the-point narration of the history of the search for determining longitude and the struggles of John Harrison to build a clock that could withstand the motion, humidity, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lord_Boris - LibraryThing

Interesting account of one clockmaker's fight against an astronomy biased establishment during the quest for longitude. Ships could easily determine their latitude but longitude depended on knowing ... Read full review

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User Review  - john257hopper - LibraryThing

This is an engagingly written non-specialist account of the hunt during the 18th century for an accurate way to measure longitude, and thus more accurately track sea voyages between west and east ... Read full review

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User Review  - jessibud2 - LibraryThing

subtitled *The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time* Although this book was only 175 pages long, it took me longer than I expected it to, to get through ... Read full review

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Have read this book several times over the years, its a favourite of mine. It inspired me to take a hike down to Greenwich Maritime Museum on several occasions to view those wonderful time pieces.

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One of the most boring books...
...about a fascinating story and crucial historical topic I have ever read. I recommend reading the Wikipedia entries on Harrison and longitude over touching this book
. The author is an historian and well... it is as boring as you remember history lectures being! Terribly dry. This is coming from a geography professor, not a complete ignoramus. 

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