Apr 05 2017

Harrison Reassessed

published by Jonathan Crowe
in blog The Map Room
original entryHarrison Reassessed

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Jim Bennett, author of the new book, Navigation: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press), reassesses the history of John Harrison and his marine chronometer solution to the longitude problem, a story that has been popularized by Dava Sobel’s 1995 bestseller, Longitude (reviewed here). It is difficult to claim without important qualification that Harrison solved the longitude … Continue reading "Harrison Reassessed"