Written by Dava Sobel, this book is about one of the greatest problems that baffled people for centuries: the problem of longitude. Centuries ago, sailors were unable to navigate the seas with the ease and effectiveness as today’s people. While scientists and nations were unable to successfully solve the problem, many shipwrecks and deaths continued at sea. However, as time passed, progress was made in solving the problem and measuring longitude effectively. This book takes readers on that journey, and it shows how the collective ideas of people over time helped change travel over sea, and to some extent, it reshaped the world. People who are interested in science, geography, history, and navigation may find the book interesting. However, even though it is well-written and informative, I found it quite boring, which is why I would give it 3.5 stars.
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