LONGITUDE: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

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The subtitle here tells the reader exactly what the book is about; what it doesn't say is how much fun it is to read. The Greek astronomers could measure latitude as early as the third century b.c., but more than 2,000 years passed before the development of a reliable method for measuring longitude. Former New York Times reporter Sobel (coauthor, Arthritis: What Works, 1989, etc.) sets the stage ... 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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