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Sir Cloudsley Shovell’s big mistake

Duration: 01:02

How to measure longitude baffled mankind for centuries. The Scilly naval disaster of 1707 motivated the British to settle the issue once and for all.

Available since: Fri 27 Sep 2013

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Science Britannica Clear Blue Skies

3/3 Professor Cox ends his homage to British Science by looking at how discoveries are made.

First broadcast: 02 Oct 2013

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