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John Harrison invented a mechanical method to measure longitude, in 1714 The English Parliament offered a big reward because the sailors got lost easily during their explorations.
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The review of this Book prepared by omar gonzalez

The reatest scientific problem of the modern era, and John Harrison solved it all on his own. One man, one time piece. Anyone interested in the intrigue of the next invention or the history of science, this book will make your week.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   18th century Nationality?    -   British History of a journey/colonization?    -   Yes Kind of journey?    -   boat travel History of a science?    -   Yes Kind of science    -   Mechanical Engineering

Subjects of this Historical Account

Religion? (if plays a major part)    -   Protestants! Ethnicity (if plays a major part)    -   European/White Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Sympathetic From a certain profession/group?    -   simple laborers    -   Nobility/Royalty Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is moderately conservative

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   5 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   5 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Book makes you feel...    -   encouraged    -   challenged How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses mostly on history of key players    -   Focuses on brief history of a lot of players How much romance?    -   2 () Historical short story collection?    -   Yes Minor characters feature lots of:    -   scientists Is this a kid's book?    -   Ages 14-16    -   Ages 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None Maps necessary?    -   Necessary maps provided Length of book    -   150-200 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   4 ()

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