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Author Gurney, Alan.

Title Compass : a story of exploration and innovation / Alan Gurney.

Imprint New York : Norton, 2004.

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Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Kansas Collection J Schick  912.0284 G966c 2004    ---  Lib Use Only
Edition 1st ed.
Description 320 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-305) and index.
Summary "This is the history of the most important navigational device of all time, the magnetic compass, born of the need for a reliable means of navigating treacherous sea routes around the globe. Compass chronicles the misadventures of those who attempted to perfect the instrument - so precious to sixteenth-century seamen that by law, any man found tampering with it had his hand pinned to the mast with a dagger." "Compass is organized in loosely chronological order - with detours for particularly significant people or topics - in twenty-one short chapters."--Jacket.
Contents Dead Reckoning -- Needle and Stone -- The Rose of the Winds -- Variation and Dip -- Edmond Halley, Polymath -- To Compass the Globe -- Halleyan Lines -- Dr. Gowin Knight and His Magnetic Machine -- Knight's Compass -- The Shocks of Tempestuous Seas -- Any Old Iron, Any Old Iron -- The Book of Bearings -- The Flinders Bar -- Soft Iron, Hard Iron -- "An Evil So Pregnant with Mischief" -- Deviation, the Hydra-Headed Monster -- The "Inextricable Entangled Web" -- Gray's Binnacle -- Thomson's Compass and Binnacle -- The Selling of a Compass -- A Question of Liquidity -- Epilogue: From Needle to Spinning Top -- Deviation.
Subject Compass -- History.
Compass. (OCoLC)fst00871379
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 0393050734 (hardcover)
9780393050738 (hardcover)
0393327132 (pbk.)
9780393327137 (pbk.)

 
    
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