Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments Presents: Lost Without Longitude

Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments Presents: Lost Without Longitude

Join Harvard Professor Alyssa Goodman for a free lecture about the use of longitude in naval way finding.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 6:00pm

One of the most important scientific challenges in early eighteenth-century Europe was the search for a reliable way to determine longitude at sea. Using a free interactive program called “WorldWide Telescope,” Alyssa Goodman, Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University; Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution, will demonstrate in this free, public and illustrated lecture, how various historic and modern systems for measuring longitude at sea work (or fail to work), highlighting key life-saving techniques to find one’s position using the motions of stars and moons, as well as magnetic anomalies. Go back in time and discover what it was like to find one’s way before the era of GPS devices and smartphones.

Finding Our Way: An Exploration of Human Navigation, an exhibition at the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, will be open following the lecture until 9:00 pm.
Presented in collaboration with the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

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