Avec Simon Werrett, Senior Lecturer, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London.

Jeudi 3 décembre 2015, 17h à 19h

Institut des sciences de la communication
20 rue Berbier-du-Mets, Paris 13e
Métro 7 « Les Gobelins »

Séminaire Histoire des sciences, histoire de l’innovation

The Longitude Grounded : William Whiston, Rockets, and Surveying in the Eighteenth Century

3 décembre 2015, 17h à 19h, ISCC

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The paper will examine the eighteenth-century career of William Whiston and Humphry Ditton’s failed attempt to solve the problem of longitude using rocket signals. While the scheme was rejected in 1714 as a solution to the problem of finding longitude at sea it developed into a more successful method on land. The paper will explore how rockets and gunpowder explosions shaped cartographic and surveying practices and remind us that longitude was not just a maritime problem in the era of the famous ’longitude prize’.