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Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
Original letters, drawings, maps, and other materials related to the unique role of the British government in "encouraging invention and discovery... and on many aspects of exploration and maritime travel in the Pacific Ocean and the Arctic."
How did mariners of old navigate their way around the open ocean? (PBS)
The Board of Longitude
What role should the government play in financing science? This 9-minute video takes a closer look at the Board of Longitude via its papers at the University of Cambridge. The Board played a major role in development of the sextant and financing of the voyages of James Cook.