Dava sobel's book, longitude, isn't some dense excerpt from a history book actually, the story of how we came to calculate longitude is a tale of intrigue and competition and an unexpected hero. Longitude was a huge problem, that was incredibly important to travel the active quest for a solution to the problem of longitude persisted over four centuries and across the whole continent of europe (sobel 7) this is showing how problem persisted over a large time, and people were continuously. Dava sobel is an accomplished writer of popular expositions of scientific topics a 1964 graduate of the bronx high school of science, ms sobel attended antioch college and the city college of new york before receiving her bachelor of arts degree from the state university of new york at binghamton in 1969.
Dava sobel illustrated by john harris preface by the author a fascinating story of perilous seas and brilliant innovation, accompanied by wonderful colour photographs it was therefore crucial that in 1714 the longitude act was established promising a prize of £20,000 to whoever could find a practicable solution it was a huge sum of. Longitude from dava sobel is a fascinating account of how a virtually unknown watchmaker named john harrison conquered one of the oldest and thorniest problems surrounding the ocean voyages - the problem of accurately measuring longitude-, which stumped even the best of scientific minds for centuries. Dava sobel was born in the bronx, new york on june 15, 1947 she received a ba from the state university of new york at binghamton in 1969 she is a former new york times science reporter and has contributed articles to audubon, discover, life, harvard magazine, and the new yorker.
Dava sobel makes interesting reading of the story of harrison and his clock the book outlines the technical challenges ships had to overcome in order to safely sail the oceans, the different solutions proposed and how the clock won. October 30, 2007 dava sobel the publication of longitude taught me that a book can actually improve by virtue of being read numerous attentive readers took the trouble to write to me to point out typos or other errors in the text, which the publisher then corrected in subsequent editions. Longitude by dava sobel-skillful use of one's hands when performing conjuring tricks this word strengthened the novel because the clocks that harrison created made some people skeptical of how he did it, just like a magician doing magic when people don't understand. Longitude: the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time by dava sobel and a great selection of similar used, new and collectible books available now at abebookscom. In her graceful, compelling style, dava sobel chronicles the history of the copernican revolution, relating the story of astronomy from aristotle to the middle ages.
Dava sobel is an award-winning former science reporter for the new york times and writes frequently about science for several magazines, including audubon, discover, life and omni bibliographic information. Buy longitude: the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time 10th anniversary ed by dava sobel (isbn: 8601410024017) from amazon's book store everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Dava sobel is the author of the best-selling books galileo’s daughter, the planets, and longitude, the story of the obscure clockmaker john harrison and his invention of a timepiece accurate enough to help navigators determine longitude. Longitude by dava sobel won the 2001 individual public service award from the national science board, the 2001 bradford washburn award from the boston museum of science, and the 2004 harrison medal from the worshipful company of clockmakers, london.
Dava sobel in his book longitude showcases a true story of a solo genius who went to great lengths to solve one of the greatest scientific problems of all time dava sobel - author of longitude the quest to locate longitude may seem archaic especially in the modern world because of global positioning and satellites. Dava sobel is an award-winning former science reporter for the new york times and writes frequently about science for several magazines, including audubon, discover, life and omni more the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest: the search for the solution of how to calculate longitude and the unlikely triumph of an english genius. Dava sobel is an award-winning former science reporter for the new york times and writes frequently about science for several magazines, including audubon, discover, life and omni show more rating details.
Dava sobel limited preview - 2007 longitude: the true story of a lone genius who solved the , volumes 0-2 dana sobel is the bestselling author of longitude, galileo's daughter, the planets, co-author of the illustrated longitude, and editor of letters to father she lives in east hampton, new york. With all the human drama and scientific adventure that distinguished dava sobel's previous book longitude, galileo's daughter is an unforgettable story $1890 $999 a more perfect heaven: how copernicus revolutionized the cosmos dava sobel. Such facts might merely seem the stuff of trivia games, but dava sobel’s longitude is an intriguing biography through lucid prose and a compelling narrative, sobel explains the longitude. Dava sobel is a former science writer for the new york times, as well as contributor to audubon, discover, life, and omni magazines the concluding chapter of longitude is a very touching account of her personal visit to zero longitude in greenwich (where this writer also straddled that magic line embedded in the pavement.
Dava sobel (book), charles sturridge stars: jonathan coy, christopher hodsol, jeremy irons | see full cast & crew » reviews 32 user | 5 critic on disc at amazon who would of thought that a movie about longitude could be so engaging great acting and a compelling story telling turn an historical footnote into a great drama. Longitude: the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time is written by dava sobel the book is called longitude because it is about a clock maker who was able to determine longitude. Dava sobel’s account of the struggle to accurately measure longitude was a global bestseller but one chapter was never published here, introducing that missing fragment, she remembers her own. ‘sobel has done the impossible and made horology sexy – no mean feat’ new scientist 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.