On the First Use of the Term ‘Chronometer’

  title={On the First Use of the Term ‘Chronometer’},
  author={Wolfgang K{\"o}berer},
  journal={The Mariner's Mirror},
  pages={203 - 206}
The story of the development of the chronometer has been told and retold many times since Berthoud’s Histoire de la mesure du temps,1 and especially since Rupert T. Gould set about repairing Harrison’s clocks and relating their history in The Marine Chronometer.2 Gould states that the instrument which Harrison himself quite accurately named a ‘time keeper’ (i.e. an instrument that ‘keeps’ the time of the reference meridian in order to compare it with local time and so to find out one’s… Expand


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