Riddle of the Compass The Invention That Changed the World

ISBN-10: 0156007533
ISBN-13: 9780156007535
Edition: 2002 (Reprint)
Authors: Amir D. Aczel
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 5/2/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

The story of the compass is shrouded in mystery and myth, yet most will agree it begins around the time of the birth of Christ in ancient China. A mysterious lodestone whose powers affected metal was known to the Chinese emperor. When this piece of metal was suspended in water, it always pointed north. This unexplainable occurrence led to the stone's use in feng shui, the Chinese art of finding the right location. However, it was the Italians, more than a thousand years later, who discovered the ultimate destiny of the lodestone and unleashed its formidable powers. In Amalfi sometime in the twelfth century, the compass was born, crowning the Italians as the new rulers of the seas and heralding the onset of the modern world. Retracing the roots of the compass and sharing the fascinating story of navigation through the ages, The Riddle of the Compass is Aczel at his most entertaining and insightful.

Amir D. Aczel, Ph.D., his work has been translated into Turkish, Hebrew, French, German, italian, Chinese and Spanish. An internationally known mathematician, he lives in the Boston area.

Preface
Odyssey
Signs in the Sea and Sky
Dante
The Etruscan Chandelier
Amalfi
The Ghost of Flavio Gioia
Iron Fish, Lodestone Turtle
Venice
Marco Polo
Charting the Mediterranean
A Nautical Revolution
Conclusion
A Note on the Sources
References
Acknowledgments
Index

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