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Clocks from Nowhere? John Harrison in Context

Paul Glennie and Nigel Thrift

in Shaping the Day: A History of Timekeeping in England and Wales 1300-1800

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199278206
eISBN:
9780191699979
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278206.003.0010
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Social History

This chapter focuses on how John Harrison — the lead character in Dava Sobel's Longitude — was brought up as a child and how this affected his clockmaking in order to better understand the major role ... More


John Harrison and the Marine Chronometer

Jonathan Betts

in Time Restored: The Harrison timekeepers and R.T. Gould, the man who knew (almost) everything

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198568025
eISBN:
9780191718144
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568025.003.04
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter details the beginning of what would prove to be the most significant activity of Rupert's working life — a fully academic involvement in the world of antiquarian horology. If there was a ... More


Time Restored: The Harrison timekeepers and R.T. Gould, the man who knew (almost) everything

Jonathan Betts

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198568025
eISBN:
9780191718144
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568025.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This is the story of Rupert T. Gould (1890-1948), the polymath and horologist. A remarkable man, Lt Cmdr Gould made important contributions in an extraordinary range of subject areas throughout his ... More


The Origins of John Harrison’s ‘Pendulum-Clock’ Technology

Andrew King

in Harrison Decoded: Towards A Perfect Pendulum Clock

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780198816812
eISBN:
9780191858574
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198816812.003.0002
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Working in Lincolnshire in the 1720s, John Harrison (1693–1776) established a unique approach to making accurate pendulum clocks that was born from his experiences in the family business that served ... More


John Harrison, Alberto Ginastera, and the Creation of CLAEM

Eduardo Herrera

in Elite Art Worlds: Philanthropy, Latin Americanism, and Avant-garde Music

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780190877538
eISBN:
9780190877569
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190877538.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter explores the creation of CLAEM through a series of vignettes that use the interactions between Rockefeller Foundation officer John P. Harrison and the famous composer Alberto Ginastera ... More


Fiction and Story of the Russian Revolution

David Ayers

in Modernism, Internationalism and the Russian Revolution

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780748647330
eISBN:
9781474453820
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748647330.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter gives an account of a selection of the earliest fiction and memoirs to come out of the British encounter with the Russian Revolution, including work by Douglas Goldring, Harold Williams, ... More


Harrison Decoded: Towards A Perfect Pendulum Clock

Rory McEvoy and Jonathan Betts (eds)

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780198816812
eISBN:
9780191858574
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198816812.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This volume centres on a clock, known as Clock B, built in the mid-1970s that achieved considerable acclaim after an extraordinary performance in a 2015 peer-reviewed public trial at the Royal ... More


Decoding the Physical Theory of Harrison’s Timekeepers

M. K. Hobden

in Harrison Decoded: Towards A Perfect Pendulum Clock

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780198816812
eISBN:
9780191858574
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198816812.003.0009
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Harrison worked in an extraordinary time and was privileged to rub shoulders with many of London’s prominent figures in the history of science. Importantly his first sponsor and mentor, George Graham ... More


Analysis of the Mechanisms for Compensation in Clock B

David Harrison

in Harrison Decoded: Towards A Perfect Pendulum Clock

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780198816812
eISBN:
9780191858574
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198816812.003.0010
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter assesses the design requirements of the grasshopper escapement, the pendulum and suspension spring to provide compensation for changing density and viscosity of the air surrounding the ... More


When Is Now?: Poe’s Aesthetics of Temporality

Cindy Weinstein

in American Literature's Aesthetic Dimensions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231156172
eISBN:
9780231520775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231156172.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter presents a close reading of Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym that combines narrative theory, history of science, and Poe's racial politics. It begins by identifying ... More


Marine Chronometers at Greenwich: A Catalogue of Marine Chronometers at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Jonathan Betts

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780199641383
eISBN:
9780191845604
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199641383.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This is a comprehensive, illustrated catalogue of the 200+ marine chronometers in the collections of Royal Museums Greenwich. Every chronometer has been completely dismantled, studied and recorded, ... More


The Rockefeller Foundation and Latin American Music in the 1950s and 1960s

Eduardo Herrera

in Elite Art Worlds: Philanthropy, Latin Americanism, and Avant-garde Music

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780190877538
eISBN:
9780190877569
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190877538.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter focuses on the dynamics and overlaps between the history of CLAEM and U.S. philanthropy, cultural diplomacy, and foreign policy during the 1950s and 1960s, decades shaped by the Cold War ... More


Navigating by the Stars

Glen Van Brummelen

in Heavenly Mathematics: The Forgotten Art of Spherical Trigonometry

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691175997
eISBN:
9781400844807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691175997.003.0009
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter explains how the star is used to find one's position on the Earth while in a ship at sea. Trigonometry was first used for navigation by fourteenth-century Venetian merchant ships. ... More


Brian Greene: The Speculative Sublime

Alan G. Gross

in The Scientific Sublime: Popular Science Unravels the Mysteries of the Universe

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780190637774
eISBN:
9780197559727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190637774.003.0009
Subject:
Education, Teaching of a Specific Subject

Charles Dodgson warned a child correspondent of the dangers of living in the looking-glass world of mathematicians like himself, the high price of consistently believing “six impossible things ... More


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