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Maskelyne v Harrison - the longitude show in London


We finally managed to take in the excellent Ships, Clocks and Stars exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, which runs only until 4 January. Among other things, it puts the record somewhat straighter on the eminent 18th century Astronomer Royal, Nevil Maskelyne, chief villain of Dava Sobel’s best selling nautical history of the race to measure longitude at sea. 501 more words

Technical Posts

Wine, Women and (Scotch) Whiskey with Simon Kempston

The theme of Folk Club 53 at Haus Müllestumpe was ‘WWW’. No that’s not the World Wide Web,but ‘Wine, Women & Whisky’. I was interested to see if anyone could fit all three into one song… 1,462 more words


The Place Where Time Begins 

By Mostyn Gale

Does time really have a beginning? This past week the Clocks students from West Dean College went to the Royal Observatory Greenwich… 701 more words


Dava Sobel: Longitude

 Sobel, Dava. ‘Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time.’ Harper Perennial. London. 1995

Dava Sobel’s highly acclaimed… 1,516 more words

Book Review

Sea areas Irish Sea & Thames: "I'm really passionate about whatever we come up with."

This trip was a quick hop from Area Irish Sea – once known as Area Mersey – to Area Thames, which runs from the border with Humber down to North Foreland in Kent. 1,412 more words

The General Synopsis At Midnight

John Harrison: Environmental Science

John Harrison accomplished three goals during his leave: make headway on current research projects, develop new avenues of inquiry and help put on a joint meeting of four leading aquatic science societies. 395 more words

Professional Leave Research Highlights

John Harrison and the longitude problem (part 4)- The battle for the prize

The battle for the prize

Despite having done all that was asked, the board refused to accept his claim and requested another trial, William taking the watch on board ship to Barbados in 1764. 306 more words