Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time Topics for Discussion

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What motivates John Harrison to build his clocks? Money? Prestige? The rewards of clockbuilding? Solving the problem of Longitude? Please describe what combination of motives you believe most plausible. Defend your answer.

What motives Nevil Maskelyne to thwart John Harrison? Is it the money? The prestige of solving the problem first? The glory of the stars? Elitism? Jealousy? Please describe the combination of motives you believe most plausible. Defend your answer.

Please describe why you believe the Royal Astronomers were hostile to John Harrison's clocks.

To what extent was John Harrison mistreated by the Board of Longitude? Describe the two greatest injustices he suffered.

Why is Harrison's clock-building so impressive? What does it say about him as a person?

Please explain what the problem of Longitude is. Explain how the lunar distance method would solve it. Explain how Harrison's clocks solved it.

Why did...

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