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Join us for the next meeting of the History Book Club!

September 8, 2017

Wednesday, September 27th at 7 pm at Rowayton Library, 33 Highland Avenue; co-sponsored by the RHS and Rowayton Library


We will be reading

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


Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day-and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives and the increasing fortunes of nations hung on a resolution. One man, John Harrison, in complete opposition to the scientific community, dared to imagine a mechanical solution-a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land. Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer.

The group is open to everyone. Refreshments will be served.

Copies of the book will be available at Rowayton Library.

Stop by and pick up your copy.

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