By Dava Sobel
Precis: an absolutely illustrated version of the overseas best-seller "Longitude." "The Illustrated Longitude" recounts in phrases and pictures the epic quest to unravel the best clinical challenge of the eighteenth and 3 past centuries: selecting how a captain may well pinpoint his ship's position at sea. All too frequently in the course of the a long time of exploration, voyages resulted in catastrophe whilst team and load have been both misplaced at sea or destroyed upon the rocks of an unforeseen landfall. millions of lives and the fortunes of countries held on a answer to the longitude challenge. To motivate an answer, governments demonstrated prizes for someone whose technique or machine proved profitable. the biggest present of 20,000-- really a king's ransom-- used to be provided via Britain's Parliament in 1714. The medical establishment-- from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton-- were convinced celestial solution will be chanced on and invested untold attempt during this pursuit. in contrast, John Harrison imagined and equipped the unbelievable: a clock that advised ideal time at sea, identified at the present time because the chronometer. Harrison's trials and tribulations in the course of his forty-year quest to win the prize are the fruits of this awesome tale. "The Illustrated Longitude" brings a brand new and critical measurement to Dava Sobel's celebrated tale. It includes the complete unique narrative of "Longitude," redesigned to accompany 183 photographs selected through William Andrewes-- from portraints of each very important determine within the tale to maps and diagrams, scientifc tools, and John Harrison's awesome sea clocks themselves. Andrewes's based captions and sidebars on medical and old occasions inform their very own tale of longitude, paralleling and illuminating Sobel's memorable story. Dava Sobel is the writer of the best-sellers "Longitude" and "Galileo's Daughter," and the editor and translator of "Letters to Father." She lives in East Hampton, ny. William J. H. Andrewes is a museum advisor focusing on the historical past of clinical tools and time dimension. he's the editor of "The Quest for Longitude" and lives in harmony, Massachusetts. compliment for "The Illustrated Longitude" "Two revered tellers of the longitude story have teamed up! Sobel 's compelling prose is coupled with colourful and distinct illustrations supplied via Andrewes. This variation responds to entreaties via readers who enjoyed Sobel's "Longitude" yet who sought after photos to compliment it."-- "Mercator's international" "Enormous care has been dedicated to the illustrations and captions. Readers will end this ebook significantly extra proficient approximately geography and navigation."-- "USA this day" "This new illustrated version of Sobel's 1995 examine of Harrison's awesome device strikingly illuminates this mostly unknown yet an important discovery."-- "Dallas Morning information" compliment for "Longitude" "As a lot a story of intrigue because it is of technological know-how .... A publication choked with gemstones for a person drawn to historical past, geography, astronomy, navigation, clockmaking, and-- no longer the least-- undeniable outdated human ambition and greed."-- "Philadelphia Inquirer" "Intricate and stylish .... No novelist may perhaps increase at the components of Dava Sobel's "Longitude.""-- "Newsweek" "Anyone with an curiosity in background or issues maritime should still contemplate "Longitude." This interesting quantity brings alive the eighteenth century."-- "USA this present day" "Nearly excellent prose and a powerful tale, a rare book."-- "Washington put up publication international"