Le Longitude by D. Sobel
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Lors des grands voyages d'exploration du XVIIIe siècle, les mauvaises estimations de la longitude, dues à la faible qualité des chronomètres de marine, furent la cause de bien des naufrages. Savants célèbres et techniciens émérites proposèrent quantité de méthodes sophistiquées pour résoudre ce problème. Pourtant, l'histoire des sciences ayant parfois des allures de roman, c'est un humble horloger, John Harrison, qui trouva la solution. Il construisit le premier chronomètre résistant à la houle du grand large mais dut faire face à l'animosité du milieu scientifique et à la mauvaise foi des représentants de l'Empire britannique. Une incroyable histoire dont tous les fils politiques, scientifiques ou académiques sont ici brillamment dénoués.
 

About D. Sobel

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Dava Sobel is an American writer who was born in the Bronx, New York, on June 15, 1947. Her books are generally written about the popular science genre and include these titles: Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time (about English clockmaker John Harrison who created the first chronometer); Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love; The Planets, and A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionised the Cosmos. Sobel graduated from The Bronx High School of Science and Binghamton University. She holds honorary doctor of letters degrees from the University of Bath, and Middlebury College, Vermont, both awarded in 2002. The asteroid 30935 Davasobel is named after her. Sobel is also a former New York Times science reporter and has contributed articles to Audubon, Discover, Life and The New Yorker. She was a contributing editor to Harvard Magazine, writing about scientific research and the history of science.
 
Published December 31, 1998 by Editions Jean-Claude Lattes.
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Science & Math.