Tom MacWright

I read Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel on


I think that this book really picked up in the end - for quite a while it seemed to be floating in details and personal conflict without enough personal description to make you care deeply.

The points about how the Longitude Act would transfer ownership of the design could have had a really interesting segue into how governments in general fund and use R&D - stuff like how France bought early photography technology and freely licensed it to its citizens - could have been fascinating.