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Longitude and the sea clock.

John F. Bailey

Longitude and the sea clock.

by John F. Bailey

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Published by n.p in (London .
Written in English


Edition Notes

ContributionsHarrison, John, 1693-1776.
The Physical Object
Paginationp. 410-418
Number of Pages418
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL19671307M

  Longitude by Dava Sobel, unknown edition, January , Books on Tape Audio Cassette - Unabridged edition zzzz. Not in Library. 23 dared to imagine a mechanical solution-a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land. Sailors could employ the sextant to figure longitude using the lunar-distance method, but with the astronomical tables of the 18th century, the process could take several hours to work out one's.

Ma - an urgent petition reached Parliament from "Certain Captains of Her Majesty's Ships, Merchants of London, and Commanders of Merchant-men" who wanted something done about the problems of Longitude in navigation. Up to now it was either guess (dead-reckoning) or carry long, heavy telescopes and awkward pendulum clocks, which couldn't be used aboard ship anyway, to track a.   Longitude: The true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time by Dava Sobel. Longitude was first published in , occupying a substantial portion of many a Waterstones table around Christmas-time. The book has endorsements from Patrick O'Brien and Neil Armstrong, and a blurb that cheerfully describes the search for longitude as a "true-life thriller".

Sea Clocks (Hardcover) The Story of Longitude. By Louise Borden, Erik Blegvad (Illustrator). Margaret K. McElderry Books, , 48pp. Publication Date: February 1, Longitude Lines of longitude are imaginary lines circling the globe through poles. Also called meridians, they are designated in degrees east of west of a starting reference line from 0° at the prime meridian to ° on the opposite side of the globe.


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Longitude and the sea clock by John F. Bailey Download PDF EPUB FB2

The premise of using a clock to compute longitude is mentioned repeatedly through the first half of the book, but an explanation of the operating principal and technique is only finally hinted at in the later stages of the by: Sea Clocks is "the story about longitude"; the story about how to solve Longitude and the sea clock.

book problem of understanding where a ship's location was when placed at sea. It follows the historical life of John Harrison, the clockmaker who tried to solve the problem of this longitudinal enigma/5.

The Longitude Act was an act of parliament that offered money in return for the solution to the problem of finding a ship's precise longitude at sea.

Find out more about Longitude Harrison began his time working in London with Edmond Halley, second Astronomer Royal and a Commissioner of Longitude. Directed by Charles Sturridge. With Jeremy Irons, Anna Chancellor, Emma Kay, Samuel West. In two parallel stories, the clockmaker John Harrison builds the marine chronometer for safe navigation at sea in the 18th Century and the horologist Rupert Gould becomes obsessed with restoring it in the 20th Century.

A tale of eighteenth century invention and competition, commerce and conflict, this is a lively, illustrated, and accurate chronicle of the search to solve “the longitude problem,” the question of how to determine a ship’s position at sea—and one that changed the history of mankind The Quest for Longitude brings into focus one of our greatest scientific stories: the search/5(7).

Harrison devised the first clock to accurately determine longitude. Longitude is extremely important for navigation and plotting coordinates at sea, and so Harrison’s invention changed the face of seafaring forever.

In the book, Sobel explores Harrison’s life, his clockmaking, and how his unique chronometer affected navigation. Developed over decades in the s, Harrison’s clocks were major steps toward a reliable way of calculating longitude at sea By Rachel Becker Apr 3,am EDT Share this story.

The longitude problem. The measurement of longitude was a problem until well into the 18th. century. Determining latitude was relatively easy because it could be calculated from the altitude of the sun at noon but for longitude, early navigators had to rely on dead reckoning.

This was inaccurate on long voyages out of sight of land and a solution to the problem of accurately calculating. Yes the adults as well as the kids. Having been studying Longitude and Latitude in our homeschool this book really taught us how one man.

John Harrison, persevered for more than 40 years to create a clock that would keep accurate time at sea therefore allowing sailors to know exactly what degree of longitude they were at/5(10).

Made inthe clock was part of the first attempt to establish longitude at sea with a purpose-made mechanical timepiece.

While latitude (the north-south position of a point on the Earth's surface) could be worked out by observing the height of the sun or stars above the horizon, longitude (the east-west position) was harder to ascertain.

Byfinding latitude at sea was routine and fairly accurate. But finding longitude was mostly guesswork. Astronomers thought the answer to finding longitude lay in observing the skies.

Others thought the solution was a good seaworthy clock, but no such clock existed. Around the turn of the 18th century, hundreds of lives and millions of dollars were being lost every year because of the impossibility of measuring longitude accurately from a ship at sea.

Thomas Harrison, a self-taught clockmaker, solved the problem with the invention of the first clock that kept accurate time at s: K.

Sea Clocks: The Story of Longitude Illustrated by Erik Blegvad Non-Fiction Picture Book Ages 8 to 12 Simon and Schuster,The son of a carpenter John Harrison was very different from the other boys who lived in his village. Any sailor could determine latitude, and knowing latitude and the time difference he could calculate longitude and therefore know his precise location on the globe.

But such calculations required accurate time-keeping. Unfortunately 18th-century pendulum clocks lacked sea legs. The roll and sway of a ship at sea confused their mechanisms and.

Blegvad has illustrated more than one hundred children's books, including Twelve Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, Riddle Road by Elizabeth Spires, Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear. by N. Bodecker, and Sea Clocks: The Story of Longitude by Louise Borden. The Blegvads divide their time between England, France, and Wardsboro, Vermont.

Marking the th anniversary of the passing of the Longitude Act in JulyShips, Clocks & Stars - which ran from 11 July to 4 January - told the extraordinary story of the race to determine longitude (east-west position) at sea, helping to save seafarers from terrible fates including shipwreck and starvation.

The exhibition drew on the latest research to shed new light on the. Large selection of custom GPS coordinate clocks with your own line of text. Made in the USA. Custom Coordinates Vintage Sea Turtle Clock - Blue. Price: $ Custom Coordinates Vintage Shell Clock - Aqua Custom Coordinates Vintage Starfish Clock - Coral.

Price: $ 1. CUSTOM LATITUDE LONGITUDE CLOCKS, CUSTOM COORDINATES CLOCKS. The title of this book, Sea Clocks: The Story of Longitude, is a little deceptive. Yes, the picture book reveals how the first clock was invented that could record longitude. However, Borden's book also is an inspirational biography about a humble, but not ordinary, carpenter and clockmaker named John Harrison who persevered over decades /5(4).

John Harrison, a provincial self-taught clock-maker, decided to try his hand by making a clock that worked at sea—and spent more than 40 years perfecting his work (and another dozen years before.

The dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of one man's forty-year obsession to find a solution to the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day--"the longitude problem."Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day-and had been for centuries.4/5(5).

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time is a best-selling book by Dava Sobel about .Louise Borden's Sea Clocks: The Story Of Longitude is a picture book rendition of a troubling problem for sailors in the 's and before - although they could measure their latitude, they could not calculate their longitude, and therefore did not know exactly where they were on the waves.

Many lives were lost at sea because of this.Solving a nautical puzzle. At first glance, longitude doesn't seem like a topic with the makings of a page-turner. But under Louise Borden's sure hand, children and adults alike will find themselves caught up in the amazing saga of an important scientific challenge when they read Sea Clocks: The Story of Longitude.

For centuries, sailors were able to measure latitude, their location north or.