Time and time again: determination of longitude at sea in the 17th century

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Abstract

Determination of one's longitude at sea has perplexed sailors for many centuries. The significant uptake of world trade in the 17th and 18th Centuries rendered the increasingly urgent need to solve the 'longitude problem', an issue of strategic national importance. Historical accounts of these efforts often focus almost exclusively on John Harrison's role in 18th-Century Britain. This book starts instead from Galileo Galilei's late-16th-Century development of an accurate pendulum clock, which was first achieved in practice in the mid-17th-Century by Christiaan Huygens in the Dutch Republic. It is primarily based on collections of letters that have not been combined into a single volume before. Extensive introductory chapters on the history of map making, the establishment of the world's reference meridian at Greenwich Observatory, and the rise of the scientific enterprise provide the appropriate context for non-expert readers to fully engage with the book's main subject matter
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages369
ISBN (Electronic)9780750311946, 9780750311960
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameIOP expanding physics
ISSN (Print)2053-2563
ISSN (Electronic)2054-7315

Fingerprint

Pendulum
Enterprise
Dutch Republic
Reader
Letters
History
Christiaan Huygens
Observatory
Rise
Galileo Galilei
Subject Matter
Clock
Greenwich
Sailors

Keywords

  • Nautical astronomy
  • History of science
  • SCIENCE
  • Longitude

Cite this

@book{3ea8fb21bc21427d84ddbc790530a63b,
title = "Time and time again: determination of longitude at sea in the 17th century",
abstract = "Determination of one's longitude at sea has perplexed sailors for many centuries. The significant uptake of world trade in the 17th and 18th Centuries rendered the increasingly urgent need to solve the 'longitude problem', an issue of strategic national importance. Historical accounts of these efforts often focus almost exclusively on John Harrison's role in 18th-Century Britain. This book starts instead from Galileo Galilei's late-16th-Century development of an accurate pendulum clock, which was first achieved in practice in the mid-17th-Century by Christiaan Huygens in the Dutch Republic. It is primarily based on collections of letters that have not been combined into a single volume before. Extensive introductory chapters on the history of map making, the establishment of the world's reference meridian at Greenwich Observatory, and the rise of the scientific enterprise provide the appropriate context for non-expert readers to fully engage with the book's main subject matter",
keywords = "Nautical astronomy, History of science, SCIENCE, Longitude",
author = "{de Grijs}, Richard",
year = "2017",
doi = "10.1088/978-0-7503-1194-6",
language = "English",
isbn = "9780750311953",
series = "IOP expanding physics",

}

Time and time again : determination of longitude at sea in the 17th century. / de Grijs, Richard.

2017. 369 p. (IOP expanding physics).

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

TY - BOOK

T1 - Time and time again

T2 - determination of longitude at sea in the 17th century

AU - de Grijs, Richard

PY - 2017

Y1 - 2017

N2 - Determination of one's longitude at sea has perplexed sailors for many centuries. The significant uptake of world trade in the 17th and 18th Centuries rendered the increasingly urgent need to solve the 'longitude problem', an issue of strategic national importance. Historical accounts of these efforts often focus almost exclusively on John Harrison's role in 18th-Century Britain. This book starts instead from Galileo Galilei's late-16th-Century development of an accurate pendulum clock, which was first achieved in practice in the mid-17th-Century by Christiaan Huygens in the Dutch Republic. It is primarily based on collections of letters that have not been combined into a single volume before. Extensive introductory chapters on the history of map making, the establishment of the world's reference meridian at Greenwich Observatory, and the rise of the scientific enterprise provide the appropriate context for non-expert readers to fully engage with the book's main subject matter

AB - Determination of one's longitude at sea has perplexed sailors for many centuries. The significant uptake of world trade in the 17th and 18th Centuries rendered the increasingly urgent need to solve the 'longitude problem', an issue of strategic national importance. Historical accounts of these efforts often focus almost exclusively on John Harrison's role in 18th-Century Britain. This book starts instead from Galileo Galilei's late-16th-Century development of an accurate pendulum clock, which was first achieved in practice in the mid-17th-Century by Christiaan Huygens in the Dutch Republic. It is primarily based on collections of letters that have not been combined into a single volume before. Extensive introductory chapters on the history of map making, the establishment of the world's reference meridian at Greenwich Observatory, and the rise of the scientific enterprise provide the appropriate context for non-expert readers to fully engage with the book's main subject matter

KW - Nautical astronomy

KW - History of science

KW - SCIENCE

KW - Longitude

U2 - 10.1088/978-0-7503-1194-6

DO - 10.1088/978-0-7503-1194-6

M3 - Book

SN - 9780750311953

T3 - IOP expanding physics

BT - Time and time again

ER -