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Greenwich time and the discovery of the longitude / Derek Howse.


Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1980.
ISBN 9780192159489, 0192159488

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Subjects Geschichte.
Greenwich -- Royal Greenwich Observatory.
Longitude.
Royal Greenwich Observatory -- History.
Royal Greenwich Observatory Greenwich.
Royal Greenwich Observatory.
Royal Greenwich Observatory. -- History.
Temps -- Systèmes et normes.
Tijdmeting.
Time -- Systems and standards.
Weltzeit.
Description xviii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Copyright Date 1980.
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 232-234) and index.
Summary Traces the astronomical, navigational, and timekeeping advances that led to the development of Greenwich time, the concept of longitude, and the designation of Greenwich as the prime meridian.
Contents Seeking the longitude: 300 BC -- AD 1675 -- Greenwich time for astronomers: 1675-1720 -- Greenwich time for navigators: 1700-1840 -- Greenwich time for Great Britain: 1825-1880 -- A prime meridian 1790-1884 -- Greenwich time for the world: 1884-1939 -- A clock more accurate than the earth -- Appendices: I. Finding the longitude -- II. Time-finding by astronomy -- III. Mechanical and electrical clocks by Roger Stevenson -- IV. Modern precision clocks by John Pilkington -- V. Time-balls in operation, 1861 -- VI. International Meridian Conference, Washington, 1884.
Genre History.
Geographic Area England
Network Numbers (OCoLC)5352913
(OCoLC)ocm05352913
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WorldCat Identities Howse, Derek.
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