Welcome to my weekly newsletter, Age of Invention, on the causes of the British Industrial Revolution and the history of innovation. You can subscribe here: Many of us have heard of the quest to determine longitude at sea. The life and times of John Harrison, the clockmaker who came up with one of the solutions, has been popularised in book and film. He’s the focus of exhibits at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, and the government prize that he sought — the famous longitude prize — is the inspiration to many more innovation prizes today. I’ve written a bit about him
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