Book Review - Longitude

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Longitude - Dava Sobel

A book cover.
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.

A fascinating look at a defining moment in technological development. Full of intrigue, double-crossing, maths, and science.

It cracks along at a fair pace, sometimes lightly skipping over details. I would gladly have read this if it were twice the length. Not a bad thing for a book to leave you wanting more.

The only weakness is a lack of diagrams and maps. Happily, there is an illustrated edition, which I will check out in due course.

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