Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time - Chapter 15: In the Meridian Courtyard Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 15: In the Meridian Courtyard Summary and Analysis

The chapter is the book's denouement, reflecting on the awe the author experiences viewing Harrison's clocks, most of which run to this day. Harrison's story is an extraordinary one and the author is clearly overwhelmed with admiration for a countryside clockmaker who changed the world. The last chapter occurs from the author's perspective at the present day in the Meridian House, where Nevil Maskelyne placed the prime meridian, the Greenwich meridian which marks the division of days all over the world. The chapter tells the story of the establishment of the meridian. Close by is Flamsteed House, where Harrison met Halley in 1730 and his journey began. The Flamsteed house holds H-1, H-2, and H-3 which work to this day. The author tells the story of Lieutenant Commander Rupert T. Gould of the Royal...

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