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Compass: A Story of Exploration and Innovation
Alan Gurney (au)
The rich 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 routs around the globe. Chronicles the misadventures of those who attempted to perfect the instrument -- so precious to 16th-cent. seamen. For almost a thousand years the magnetic compass was the sole instrument on which sailors placed their faith & their lives. Gurney begins his tale with a hair-raising modern maritime episode in which all the yacht’s high-tech navigational equipment failed & the crew had to rely on the stars -- & then steps back several centuries to explain how seafaring civilization got to this point. Part history, part adventure, this is a compelling tribute to human ingenuity. Illus.
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