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The People and History of The Marine and Pocket Chronometer

The People and History of The Marine and Pocket Chronometer

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The People and History of The Marine and Pocket Chronometer

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Lançado em:
Apr 16, 2013
ISBN:
9781473380479
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This antiquarian book contains a detailed account of the history of marine and pocket chronometer, with information on notable designers and manufactures, popularity, evolution, and much more. This fascinating and easy-to-digest treatise will appeal to those with a keen interest in the history and development of clocks and watches, and it would make for a worthy addition to collections of related literature. The chapters of this volume include: A history of clocks and watches, History of the chronometer, Pocket chronometer, Marine chronometers. Many antiquarian books such as this are increasingly rare and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are republishing this vintage text now in an affordable, modern edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction on the history of clocks and watches.
Lançado em:
Apr 16, 2013
ISBN:
9781473380479
Formato:
Livro

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The People and

History of The

Marine and Pocket

Chronometer

Contents

Pocket Chronometer.

Marine Chronometers.

THE history of that important and valuable instrument, the chronometer, we think, will be most interesting. To find the longitude at sea, that is, the distance of any place eastward or westward from the first fixed meridian of a country was for ages a desideratum. The attention of navigators and mathematicians was in early times especially directed to it in consequence of its extreme importance. Philip III. of Spain, as early as the year 1598, offered a reward of one hundred thousand crowns to any person who should discover the means of finding the longitude of a ship at sea; and not long afterwards the States General of Holland, to which as a maritime nation it was most important, offered ten thousand florins to anyone who should solve the problem, which was then considered to be so difficult, that Morin, speaking to Cardinal Richelieu on the difficulty of constructing an instrument that should keep time with the accuracy required for such a purpose, said, I know not what such an undertaking would be to the devil himself, but to man it would undoubtedly be the height of folly.

In the year 1662, Dr. Hooke, who disputed more than one of Newton’s discoveries, tells us in a paper read before the Royal Society, "The Lord Kingkardine did resolve to make some trial what might be done by carrying a pendulum-clock to sea, for which end he contrived to make the watch part to be moved by a spring instead of a weight, and then making the case of the clock very heavy with lead, he suspended it underneath the deck of the ship by a ball and socket of brass, making the pendulum but short, namely, to vibrate half-seconds; and that he might be the better enabled to judge of the effect of it, he caused two of the same kind of pendulum-clocks to be made, and suspended them both pretty near the middle of the vessel, underneath the deck. Thus done, having first adjusted them to go equal to one another, and pretty near to the true time, he caused them first to move parallel to one another, that is, in the plane of the length of the ship; and afterwards he turned one to move in a plane at right angles with the former; and in both these cases it was found by trials made at sea (at which I was present) that they would

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    Most of the text is missing. This is a book of several hundred pages, but what's here is about 35. BAD