Rehabilitating Nevil Maskelyne – Part Four: The Harrisons’ accusations, and conclusions

It is clear that another component of the Harrisons’ suspicions towards Nevil Maskelyne was their long-held conviction that he was actually a competitor for the longitude reward that they thought was rightfully theirs. We cannot be sure whether or not Nevil was hoping to obtain one of the rewards for his work on the lunar-distance More…

Rehabilitating Nevil Maskelyne – Part Two: Why lunar distance?

Another element of the accusation that Maskelyne and the Commissioners of Longitude were wrong-headed in their treatment of John Harrison, is the idea that they were short-sighted to continue to consider the lunar-distance method as well, and that they were over-invested in it due to self-interest. Today many people have the impression that the lunar-distance More…