Author: Dava Sobel
Reviewer: Dr. Frank Abrams, Friends of the Library Board
A wonderful story of how technological development and human foibles interworked in the 18th century and led to a new way for ships to keep up with where they are! The clock plays a major role in this new method, and Sobel recounts how a simple craftsman bested the best of the scientists in making a clock that made seagoing less dangerous. The story is also one of how governmental incentives worked in that time, maybe with some lessons for today.
Note: The book was a selection of my wife’s book club. She did not like it, what she told me about, i was intrigued. I loved it, and I am going to read Sobel’s other books: Galileo’s Daughter and The Planets