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NOVA; Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude

05/28/1998

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Series
NOVA
Program
Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude
Program Number

2511

Series Description

Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

Program Description

It was one of humankind's epic quests -- the solution to a technical problem so complex that it challenged the best minds of its time. The problem involved navigation at sea: how sailors could know where they were when they sailed beyond the sight of land. John Harrison, (British actor Patrick Malahide), an 18 th-century English clock-maker, toiled for decades to find a solution. His elegant invention, which remains the basis for most modern forms of navigation in the world today, made him an unlikely hero. This program is both a celebration of Harrison's chronometer and an adventure story. An expedition on a period sailing vessel as it journeys to the open ocean demonstrates the life and death importance of finding longitude at sea.

Duration

00:56:46

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
Science
Citation
Chicago: “NOVA; Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude,” 05/28/1998, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 9, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_16AF939EFFC64C18B00174C9FBF60670.
MLA: “NOVA; Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude.” 05/28/1998. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 9, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_16AF939EFFC64C18B00174C9FBF60670>.
APA: NOVA; Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_16AF939EFFC64C18B00174C9FBF60670
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