Books

Book Review: LONGITUDE

Author: Dava Sobel

Number of Pages: 198

Publisher: Walker & Company

Release Date: first published in 1986

“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. Full of heroism and chicanery, brilliance and absurdity, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking. Through Dava Sobel’s consummate skill, Longitude opens many new windows on our world.”

Dava Sobel is an author that my physics teacher recommended for those of us who wanted to read books about more scientific topics. Interestingly enough, while I don’t love the science classes I take in school, I really enjoy reading about science. It’s enjoyable in a way that’s different from reading a fictional story, because you don’t have to stress about what is going to happen to the characters next. I wouldn’t necessarily say that nonfiction is better than fiction because they both have their pros and cons. However, I will say that I have a new appreciation for nonfiction books.

For a book about science, Longitude was pretty good. The author took a rather bland topic and made it fairly interesting, so I guess my physics teacher was right. There were some parts that dragged on a bit and a few parts were sort of confusing, but I guess that is to be expected. I felt that the book was very thorough where longitude is concerned, and I liked how it went in the chronological order of events because it made things easier to understand. The author related back to the present day quite frequently, which I appreciated. It helped to show what an impact the quest for measuring longitude left on the world.

Overall, this book was a great read. If you like science in general or if you’re like me and you enjoy reading about science, then this is a book that you’d probably be interested in. It’s both entertaining and educational, two of my favorite things.

My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) 4 out of 5 smileys.

Would I recommend it to a friend?: Yes.

Yours,

HOLLY

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