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Zero Degrees

Geographies of the Prime Meridian

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$29.95 • £23.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674088818

Publication: March 2017

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336 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

11 halftones, 18 maps, 7 tables

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[A] compelling book… Withers manages to turn what might have been an obscure, rather technical topic into a fascinating account of international rivalry and a meditation on what the whole business of measuring the world around us can reveal about broader cultural patterns.—Jon Wright, Geographical

This is a rich and valuable book about an important narrative in the history of science and geography, one that presents a longer and deeper historical context for the choice of Greenwich than any other accounts.—Richard Dunn, Senior Curator and Head of Science and Technology, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Charles Withers raises fundamental questions about themes of great contemporary relevance: the ways in which competing local and national interests can ever be reconciled around themes of urgent technological and political concern, and the very question of what counts as global action and globalized authority. Not at all a simple tale of rational planning and of reasoned debate, the stories told here emerge in startling detail as more complex, more fascinating and more consequential than has ever previously been recognized. This is a story of compromise and cunning, of improvisation and partisanship, bringing the highest standards of geographical and historical scholarship to bear on the fundamental problem of the meridian.—Simon Schaffer, University of Cambridge