Win a copy of Finding Longitude - the official book of the National Maritime Museum's exhibition Ships, Clocks and Stars: The Quest for Longitude
300 years ago, amid growing frustration from the naval community and pressure from the increasing importance of international trade, the British government passed the 1714 Longitude Act.
It was an attempt to solve one of the most pressing problems of the age: how to determine a ship’s longitude (east-west position) at sea.
With life-changing rewards on offer, the challenge captured the imaginations and talents of astronomers, skilled craftsmen, politicians, seamen and satirists.
This beautifully illustrated book accompanies the National Maritime Museum's fascinating new exhibition in a detailed account of these stories and the solving of the longitude problem.
Written by curators Richard Dunn and Rebekah Higgitt, highlights of the book include:
- A foreword by the 15th Astronomer Royal, Martin Rees
- Specially commissioned photographs of the National Maritime Museum’s collection
- A new description of the collaborations and conflicts in a tale of technical creativity, scientific innovation and hard commercialism
We have three copies of this sumptuously illustrated book (rrp £25) to give away. To win a copy, courtesy of HarperCollins, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Longitude' in the subject line.
We will pluck three lucky winners out of the hat and send the book out to you so don't forget to include your postal address. Good luck!
Competition closes 5pm Monday July 14.
Terms and conditions:
- This competition is not open to employees of Culture24 or HarperCollins or their families.
- Entrants must be over 16 years of age and resident in the UK.
- All entrants must include contact details or their entry will be discarded. All contact details will be deleted after the competition.
- Winners will be informed on Monday July 14.
- Winners will be drawn at random, decisions are final and correspondence will not be entered into.
- Culture24 and Collins Books do not take responsibility for any lost or late entries.
- This competition is free to enter, no purchase is necessary.
- The prize must be taken as stated, cannot be deferred, and there is no cash alternative.