The story encompasses astronomy, navigation and clockmaking.

Author: Dava Sobel


ISBN: 1857025717

Category: Astronomical clock

Page: 183

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First published in 1996, Dava Sobel's story of an epic scientific quest - how to calculate longitude. The thorniest scientific problem of the day had occupied scientists and their patrons for the better part of two centuries until John Harrison dared to imagine a mechanical solution. The story encompasses astronomy, navigation and clockmaking.
Categories: Astronomical clock

The Illustrated Longitude

The Illustrated Longitude

With new material from Dava Sobel and William Andrewes, and illustrated with over 200 integrated photographs, The Illustrated Longitude is the essential book for everyone who fell in love with John Harrison's story and wants to know more.

Author: Dava Sobel


ISBN: UOM:39015050046740

Category: Chronometers

Page: 216

View: 377

Longitude, Dava Sobel's no.1 bestseller, is the elegant biography of the lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his times. With new material from Dava Sobel and William Andrewes, and illustrated with over 200 integrated photographs, The Illustrated Longitude is the essential book for everyone who fell in love with John Harrison's story and wants to know more. Anyone alive in the 18th century would have known that 'the longitude problem' was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day -- and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. The scientific establishment throughout Europe -- from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton -- had mapped the heavens in its certain pursuit of a celestial answer. In stark contrast, one man, John Harrison, dared to imagine a mechanical solution. The Illustrated Longitude is a fascinating history of astronomy, navigation and clockmaking. Lavishly produced with over 200 illustrations, The Illustrated Longitude has much new material to help the reader learn more of John Harrison's extraordinary story an
Categories: Chronometers

Encyclopedia of American Literature of the Sea and Great Lakes

Encyclopedia of American Literature of the Sea and Great Lakes

LONGITUDE : THE TRUE STORY OF A LONE GENIUS WHO SOLVED THE GREATEST SCIENTIFIC PROBLEM OF HIS TIME ( 1995 ) . Written by journalist and science writer Dava Sobel ( 1947- ) , Longitude is a work of scientific and historical nonfiction ...

Author: Jill B. Gidmark

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313301484

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 538

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The sea and Great Lakes have inspired American authors from colonial times to the present to produce enduring literary works. This reference is a comprehensive survey of American sea literature. The alphabetical arrangement of the volume facilitates access to facts about major literary works, authors, characters, themes, vessels, places, and ideas central to American literature of the sea and Great Lakes. While the book includes entries for canonical white male authors such as Herman Melville and Jack London, it also gives considerable attention to women at sea and to ethnically diverse writers, works, and themes. Each of the entries is written by an expert contributor and many provide brief bibliographies. In addition, the volume closes with a chronology and a list of works for further reading.
Categories: Literary Collections

Technology based Inquiry for Middle School

Technology based Inquiry for Middle School

Write an essay comparing and contrasting Dava Sobel's book Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time with A&E's presentation, “Longitude.” After reading the book and watching the ...

Author: Edwin P. Christmann

Publisher: NSTA Press

ISBN: 9780873552660

Category: Education

Page: 134

View: 651

Learn the ABCs of working with contemporary tools that will help you integrate technology-based inquiry into your classroom practices. Activties featured in the conpendium, a collection of 26 articles published in Science Scope, NSTA's member journal for middle school teachers, will show you how. Technology-based Inquiry offers fresh approaches that you and your students can use to explore physical science, Earth and space science, life science, and more. It covers the necessary skills to get hands-on experience with graphing calculators, calculator-based labs (CBL), personal digital assistants (PDA), global positioning systems (GPS), graphical information systems (GIS), and other emerging technologies. Each chapter provides a list of online resources including where to purchase these devices, where to download programs (often at no cost), and where students can go to conduct further research. But never fear, you won't need a PhD to use this book. The articles are written in a non-threatening style and translate technology-based instructional processes into simple classroom applictaions. The practical tone makes this collection beneficial to in-service science teachers as well as pre-professionals taking methods courses. Inquiry-Based Inquiry will give you the confidence that comes with deeper understanding of how to use the latest technology to increase science learning.
Categories: Education

Solving Everyday Problems With The Scientific Method Thinking Like A Scientist Second Edition

Solving Everyday Problems With The Scientific Method  Thinking Like A Scientist  Second Edition

... Inc. (1978) Sobel, Dava, Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time, Walker Publishing Company, Inc. (1995). Stachel, John, Einstein from 'B' to 'Z', Birkhauser Boston (2001).

Author: Mak Don K

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789813145320

Category: Science

Page: 348

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This book describes how one can use The Scientific Method to solve everyday problems including medical ailments, health issues, money management, traveling, shopping, cooking, household chores, etc. It illustrates how to exploit the information collected from our five senses, how to solve problems when no information is available for the present problem situation, how to increase our chances of success by redefining a problem, and how to extrapolate our capabilities by seeing a relationship among heretofore unrelated concepts. One should formulate a hypothesis as early as possible in order to have a sense of direction regarding which path to follow. Occasionally, by making wild conjectures, creative solutions can transpire. However, hypotheses need to be well-tested. Through this way, The Scientific Method can help readers solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar situations. Containing real-life examples of how various problems are solved — for instance, how some observant patients cure their own illnesses when medical experts have failed — this book will train readers to observe what others may have missed and conceive what others may not have contemplated. With practice, they will be able to solve more problems than they could previously imagine. In this second edition, the authors have added some more theories which they hope can help in solving everyday problems. At the same time, they have updated the book by including quite a few examples which they think are interesting.
Categories: Science

Discoveries and Inventions in Literature for Youth

Discoveries and Inventions in Literature for Youth

Longitude : The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time . New York : Walker , 1995. 184 pp . ( he . 0-8027-1312-2 ) $ 19.00 ; ( pbk . 0-14-025879-5 ) $ 11.95 . Or . 9-12 .

Author: Joy L. Lowe

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810849151

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 341

View: 510

A compilation of books and other resources that are appropriate for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Sailor s Bookshelf

The Sailor s Bookshelf

Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories 1. ... Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time 1.

Author: Adm. James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.)

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

ISBN: 9781682477168

Category: Education

Page: 192

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Admiral Stavridis, a leader in military, international affairs, and national security circles, shares his love of the sea and some of the sources of that affection. The Sailor's Bookshelf offers synopses of fifty books that illustrate the history, importance, lore, and lifestyle of the oceans and of those who “go down to the sea in ships.” Stavridis colors those descriptions with glimpses of his own service—“sea stories” in popular parlance—that not only clarify his choices but show why he is held in such high esteem among his fellow sailors. Divided into four main categories—The Oceans, Explorers, Sailors in Fiction, and Sailors in Non-Fiction—Admiral Stavridis’ choices will appeal to “old salts” and to those who have never known the sights of the ever-changing seascape nor breathed the tonic of an ocean breeze. The result is a navigational aid that guides readers through the realm of sea literature, covering a spectrum of topics that range from science to aesthetics, from history to modernity, from solo sailing to great battles. Among these eclectic choices are guides to shiphandling and navigation, classic fiction that pits man against the sea, ecological and strategic challenges, celebrations of great achievements and the lessons that come with failure, economic competition and its stepbrother combat, explorations of the deep, and poetry that beats with the pulse of the wave. Some of the included titles are familiar to many, while others, are likely less well-known but are welcome additions to this encompassing collection. Admiral Stavridis has chosen some books that are relatively recent, and he recommends other works which have been around much longer and deserve recognition.
Categories: Education

Spaces of Enlightenment Science

Spaces of Enlightenment Science

Chapter 9 “Both by Sea and Land”: William Whiston, Longitude, and the Measurement of Space Simon Werrett Since the ... 1 Dava Sobel, Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time (New ...


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004501225

Category: Science

Page: 232

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Spaces of Enlightenment Science explores the places, spaces, and exchanges where science of the Early Modern period got done, bringing together leading historians of science to examine the geographies of knowledge in the Enlightenment period.
Categories: Science

Divided Spheres

Divided Spheres

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time. New York: Walker. Sobel, Dava, and William J. H. Andrewes. 1998. The Illustrated Longitude: The True Story of the Lone Genius Who Solved ...

Author: Edward S. Popko

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781000412437

Category: Mathematics

Page: 484

View: 290

Praise for the previous edition [. . .] Dr. Popko’s elegant new book extends both the science and the art of spherical modeling to include Computer-Aided Design and applications, which I would never have imagined when I started down this fascinating and rewarding path. His lovely illustrations bring the subject to life for all readers, including those who are not drawn to the mathematics. This book demonstrates the scope, beauty, and utility of an art and science with roots in antiquity. [. . .] Anyone with an interest in the geometry of spheres, whether a professional engineer, an architect or product designer, a student, a teacher, or simply someone curious about the spectrum of topics to be found in this book, will find it helpful and rewarding. – Magnus Wenninger, Benedictine Monk and Polyhedral Modeler Ed Popko's comprehensive survey of the history, literature, geometric, and mathematical properties of the sphere is the definitive work on the subject. His masterful and thorough investigation of every aspect is covered with sensitivity and intelligence. This book should be in the library of anyone interested in the orderly subdivision of the sphere. – Shoji Sadao, Architect, Cartographer and lifelong business partner of Buckminster Fuller Edward Popko's Divided Spheres is a "thesaurus" must to those whose academic interest in the world of geometry looks to greater coverage of synonyms and antonyms of this beautiful shape we call a sphere. The late Buckminster Fuller might well place this manuscript as an all-reference for illumination to one of nature's most perfect inventions. – Thomas T. K. Zung, Senior Partner, Buckminster Fuller, Sadao, & Zung Architects. This first edition of this well-illustrated book presented a thorough introduction to the mathematics of Buckminster Fuller’s invention of the geodesic dome, which paved the way for a flood of practical applications as diverse as weather forecasting and fish farms. The author explained the principles of spherical design and the three classic methods of subdivision based on geometric solids (polyhedra). This thoroughly edited new edition does all that, while also introducing new techniques that extend the class concept by relaxing the triangulation constraint to develop two new forms of optimized hexagonal tessellations. The objective is to generate spherical grids where all edge (or arc) lengths or overlap ratios are equal. New to the Second Edition New Foreword by Joseph Clinton, lifelong Buckminster Fuller collaborator A new chapter by Chris Kitrick on the mathematical techniques for developing optimal single-edge hexagonal tessellations, of varying density, with the smallest edge possible for a particular topology, suggesting ways of comparing their levels of optimization An expanded history of the evolution of spherical subdivision New applications of spherical design in science, product design, architecture, and entertainment New geodesic algorithms for grid optimization New full-color spherical illustrations created using DisplaySphere to aid readers in visualizing and comparing the various tessellations presented in the book Updated Bibliography with references to the most recent advancements in spherical subdivision methods
Categories: Mathematics

The Geopolitics of Space Exploration

The Geopolitics of Space Exploration

Sir Isaac Newton said before the committee that “such a clock has not yet been designed or built”.4 In her best-selling book Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time,5 Dava Sobel ...

Author: Marcello Spagnulo

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030691257

Category: Science

Page: 145

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This is the tale of the modern Space Age, detailing all the risks, rewards and rivalries that have fueled space exploration over the decades. Jump into a world of ambitious entrepreneurs and determined spacefaring nations, of secret spy satellites and espionage, of all the cooperative and competing interests vying for dominance in ways little known to the public. Written by an Italian aeronautical engineer with over thirty years of experience in government and private industry, this English translation explains how and why the game has fundamentally evolved and where it is headed next. Exploring such topics as GPS and cyberspace, the economics of private and public industry and the political motivations of emerging spacefaring powerhouses like China, this book is an engaging foray into the ongoing battle for our terrestrial home through extraterrestrial means.
Categories: Science