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Longitude - The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time-logo

Longitude - The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

Dava Sobel

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An exciting scientific adventure from the days of wooden ships and iron men, LONGITUDE is full of heroism and chicanery, brilliance and the absurd. It is also a captivating brief history of astronomy, navigation and clockmaking. During the great ages of exploration, "the longitude problem" was the gravest of all scientific challenges. Lacking the ability to determine their longitude, sailors were literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Ships ran aground on rocky shores; those traveling well-known routes were easy prey to pirates. In 1714, England's Parliament offered a huge reward to anyone whose method of measuring longitude could be proven successful. The scientific establishment--from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton--had mapped the heavens in its certainty of a celestial answer. In stark contrast, one man, John Harrison, dared to imagine a mechanical solution--a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had been able to do on land. And the race was on....

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kate Reading, Neil Armstrong

Length:

4h 21m


Chapters

Free Sample

03:15

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:00


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:42


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:20


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:44


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:36


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:06


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:58


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:48


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:49


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:06


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:50


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:41


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:20


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:03


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:59


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:02


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:25


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:12


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:12


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:38


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:16


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:06


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:53


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:17


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:51


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:42


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:45


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:50


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:49


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:40


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:44


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:46


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:39


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:35


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:10


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:20


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:36


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:18