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Author Howse, Derek.

Title Greenwich time and the discovery of the longitude / Derek Howse
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1980

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Description xviii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
regular print
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
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
Analysis Longitude Measurement Role of Royal Greenwich Observatory, to 1978
Time Measurement Role of Royal Greenwich Observatory, to 1978
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages [232]-234
Subject Royal Greenwich Observatory -- History.
Royal Greenwich Observatory.
Royal Greenwich Observatory -- History.
Longitude.
Time -- Systems and standards.
Author Royal Greenwich Observatory.
LC no. 79040052
ISBN 0192159488