The Riddle of the Compass

The Riddle of the Compass

The Invention That Changed the World

Book - 2001
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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.
Publisher: New York : Harcourt, 2001.
ISBN: 9780156007535
Branch Call Number: 912. 0284 ACZ
Characteristics: xvii, 178 p. : ill., maps
Alternative Title: Compass


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Feb 10, 2017

Badly written, little of interest here.

Nov 24, 2016

A good read. Fast, informative and entertaining history of the compass and why it change the world for humans. Aczel is a scientist but tells his story to be readily understood by laymen. Now I'll read his other books.

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