Review of The Man Who Made Time Travel

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Editor: Tom Burns
Publisher: Gale, a Cengage Company
Document Type: Book review; Critical essay
Length: 494 words

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In 1995, a book titled Longitude, by popular science writer Dava Sobel, hit the publishing-world jackpot. Translated into 23 languages, the volume landed on best-seller lists in the United States and abroad. Perhaps its popularity owed something to its alluring subtitle: "The true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time."

The genius, it turned out, was an unlikely Englishman named John Harrison, and the great scientific problem of his time--the 18th century--was finding a way to determine longitude at sea. In those days, a ship's latitude, its north-south location, could be figured from the position of the sun or the stars, but its east-west location couldn't be. Without a way to pinpoint longitude, ships were virtually...

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Gale Document Number: GALE|H1420088491