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A second in one-hundred days – the results

The last time I wrote about Clock B, we had just commenced an official 100-day trial to see if it would keep up with John Harrison’s expectations. In the last blog post the conditions and aims of the trial were outlined. In this post I will add a little detail…

In your dictionary: the language of longitude

This appeared as a guest post by Katy for the OxfordWords blog run by Oxford Dictionaries … Words can be difficult and scary. Everyone has words that they can’t spell or can’t pronounce. I always say rhetoric wrong, and inevitably still get the ‘i’ and ‘e’ in receive the wrong way around. But…

Stones, Clocks and Stars

Despite the amount that we’ve managed to pack into Ships, Clocks and Stars, there are of course many stories and connections that we haven’t been able to include. I was delighted to be asked to write a guest post for the blog of the Dittrick Medical Museum in Cleveland recently, so…

Guest post: John Harrison and the search for longitude – Isabel Rogers

This week’s guest post is from Isabel Rogers, whose poem John’s Curious Machines won the Cardiff Poetry Prize in July 2014. Below she shares what it was about John Harrison’s curious timekeepers that so inspired her. This year is the 300th anniversary of the 1714 Longitude Act. You’re bound to know this:…