The Quest for Longitude: the proceedings of the Longitude Symposium, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 4-6, 1993
by Andrewes, William J. H. (editor)
Cambridge, Massachusetts: Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University, Science Center, 1996. Hardcover. VG (Carries former ownership note on an early page, otherwise clean.). Deep turquoise cloth, gilt letters on spine, dark turquoise & color illus. dust jacket, maps on flyleaves, 437 pp., color & BW illus. A collection of 22 essays gleaned from this conference, "organized under the auspices of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments in connection with the fourteenth annual Seminar of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors." (tp) "Traces the fascinating story of finding longitude at sea from about 1500, when voyages across the oceans began to increase significantly, to about 1790, when the marine chronometer had been developed as a reliable instrument by which longitude could be determined. Through hundreds of illustrations and detailed studies written by leading authorities in the field, this volume places the early history of finding longitude at sea in the context of many subjects, including astronomy, cartography, the history of science and technology, mathematics, navigation, and time." (dj).
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