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“Not to be found by Clockwork alone”: the essential role of astronomy in the quest for longitude

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19:00 – 20:00 14 May 2014
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Lecture Theatre D,
University of Surrey
Guildford
Surrey
GU2 7XH

Speakers: Dr Rebekah Higgit

The story of how longitude was found at sea in the 18th century has become synonymous with the development of the marine timekeeper and, above all, the work of clockmaker John Harrison. Astronomical solutions to the problem of longitude were not, however, misguided or blinkered: the two methods were complementary rather than rivals. This talk will look at the roles of key astronomers, like Isaac Newton, Tobias Mayer and Nevil Maskelyne, and show that astronomy and observatories were essential to the success of the chronometer as well as the lunar-distance method of finding longitude.

Rebekah Higgitt is Lecturer in History of Science at the University of Kent and is co-curator of the forthcoming Royal Museums Greenwich exhibition, Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: IoP South Central Branch
Contact details: Dr Paul Stevenson (p.stevenson@surrey.ac.uk)

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Lecture Theatre D,
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Guildford
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GU2 7XH
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