Review : ‘Looking for Longitude: A cultural history’ by K. Barrett

By Wolfgang Köberer, published June 2023


Reader, beware! This is not another book like Dava Sobel’s successful but extremely biased Longitude. It is not retelling – and celebrating – the ‘lone genius’ of John Harrison for the umpteenth time and the technical details of his five watches (well known since R. T. Gould’s The Marine Chronometer and especially through Jonathan Betts’s publications) and their further development by Kendall, Arnold et al. It is, as the title truthfully declares, ‘A Cultural History’ of the societal context of the longitude problem and its solution in the eighteenth century…

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