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Old 9th Feb 2019, 06:46
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Looking for a Book - History of latitude & Longitude

10 years ago or so, in a book shop in Sydney I came a cross a hard cover book on the history of navigation and how the latitude/Longitude system was first developed. I can't remember the title, just that it was in the $120 range more than 10 years ago. I think it was quite thick (hundreds of pages). I wanted to buy it but didn't have enough money on me at the time, so I came back a week later with the readies but alas, it had been sold.

Would anyone have an idea what it's title would be and where I can get one.
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Originally Posted by Ozgrade3 View Post
10 years ago or so, in a book shop in Sydney I came a cross a hard cover book on the history of navigation and how the latitude/Longitude system was first developed. I can't remember the title, just that it was in the $120 range more than 10 years ago. I think it was quite thick (hundreds of pages). I wanted to buy it but didn't have enough money on me at the time, so I came back a week later with the readies but alas, it had been sold.

Would anyone have an idea what it's title would be and where I can get one.
From the ancients onwards or more focussed on Harrison and European exploration?
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Old 9th Feb 2019, 07:32
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Have you seen this?



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There is a wonderful book titled “Longitude” by Dava Sobell. The story of clockmaker John Harrison who, in the 18th Century developed a clock to calculate longitud at sea. It’s a great read. That might be the one you’re after.
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Originally Posted by Ozgrade3 View Post
10 years ago or so, in a book shop in Sydney I came a cross a hard cover book on the history of navigation and how the latitude/Longitude system was first developed. I can't remember the title, just that it was in the $120 range more than 10 years ago. I think it was quite thick (hundreds of pages). I wanted to buy it but didn't have enough money on me at the time, so I came back a week later with the readies but alas, it had been sold.

Would anyone have an idea what it's title would be and where I can get one.
Or
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marine-Chronometer-Its-History-Development/dp/1851493654?SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duc08-21&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1851493654 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marine-Chronometer-Its-History-Development/dp/1851493654?SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duc08-21&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1851493654
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Available from Amazon Uk priced £7.83 in paperback. A very interesting read.
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Old 9th Feb 2019, 09:46
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That's a great book, well worth the read.
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Or the excellent TV series based on the book

​​​​​​https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longitude_(TV_series)
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Old 9th Feb 2019, 10:26
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Sobel's book is excellent. Informative and full of quirky little anecdotes.

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The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs by Tristan Gooley contains chapters on navigation and identifying your position anywhere on earth just using observation of the Sun and stars. There is also discussion of how primitive people navigated surprisingly accurately without instruments and how to determine the date and time anywhere on earth without a clock or any other timekeeping apparatus. even marooned on a desert island, a person could determine their position to within a few miles and the date and time to within an hour, not that it would necessarily be that useful!
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Latitude-an...7123574&chn=ps
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Another good read is “The lost art of finding our way” by John Edward Huth.
A historical look at navigation from the Vikings to GPS
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Longitude is an outstanding read.
The powder of sympathy!
You will never look at the watch on your wrist in the same way again - and suddenly minutes and seconds and knots and GMT - the meridian - will have a whole new meaning.
Sextants, stars, cocked hats and charts... lovely stuff.
Compulsory reading for any air-person, sailor or user of a GPS.
And very humbling too - to think that Mr Harrison et al figured all of this out so long ago.
Now all available on your iphone via google maps.
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Books sound expensive in Australia. In the uk you can see that book in second hand shops for under £5! Perhaps try Ebay, Abe books.
Hope this works.
https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/B...-srp1-_-title1
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'The Lo-Tech Navigator' by Tony Crowley is really interesting.
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Dymocks in Perth (Oz) have "Longitude" for $20 - in stock.
I'm heading in to town to pick up a copy tomorrow.
Will re-check stock before heading in though. May be others in this neck o' the woods reading this thread.
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Will re-check stock before heading in though. May be others in this neck o' the woods reading this thread.
I'd suggest a coordinated search.

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Originally Posted by Ozgrade3 View Post
10 years ago or so, in a book shop in Sydney I came a cross a hard cover book on the history of navigation and how the latitude/Longitude system was first developed. I can't remember the title, just that it was in the $120 range more than 10 years ago. I think it was quite thick (hundreds of pages). I wanted to buy it but didn't have enough money on me at the time, so I came back a week later with the readies but alas, it had been sold.

Would anyone have an idea what it's title would be and where I can get one.
Not sure if this will help.
i just used Booko and put in “Longitude”. They have front cover photo of multiple books. Maybe that will help you remember the particular book.

https://booko.com.au/products/search...product_type=1

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Old 11th Feb 2019, 07:31
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Well, the book Longitude by Sobel, referenced above, is really about clock-making, not the Lat/Long system itself (which was the reason behind needing better clocks/chronometers). A good read, but it won't tell you much about how Lat/Long actually came into being.

Taking the Stars, by Peter Ifland, seems to match your described price and size range. Focuses on the instruments created to measure angles to the stars and such, but by definition has to describe what was being measured (the Earth as well as the Universe) and why.

Lat/Long as we know it had been roughed in by Ptolemy around AD 150, placing the Prime Meridian (arbitrarily) around the location of Madeira and the Canaries, and using the Equator as zero latitude. With many earlier but less complete measurements and descriptions.
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