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"The placement of the prime meridian is a purely political decision." (4)

"The zero-degree parallel of latitude is fixed by the laws of nature, while the zero-degree meridian of longitude shifts like the sands of time." (4)

"In literally hundreds of instances, a vessel's ignorance of her longitude led swiftly to her destruction." (13)

"Time is to clock as mind is to brain." (34)

"As far as they could see, the answer would come from the heavens - from the clockwork universe and not from any ordinary clock." (40)

"One method is by a Watch to keep time exactly. But, by reason of the motion of the Ship, the Variation of Heat and Cold, Wet and Dry, and the Difference of Gravity in different Latitudes, such a watch hath not yet been made." (52)

"... bot (sic) however we got the ice broke ... and indeed he became as at last vastly surprised at the thoughts...

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