The Riddle of the Compass
The Riddle of the Compass The Invention That Changed the World
By Amir D. Aczel
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The story of the compass is shrouded in myth, yet most will agree it began about 2,000 years ago in China. A mysterious lodestone was found to possess an unusual power; when 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. Yet it was the Italians, more than a thousand years later, who unearthed the providence of the lodestone and unleashed its formidable powers. In Amalfi during 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 intriguing story of navigation through the ages, "The Riddle of the Compass" is Aczel at his most entertaining and insightful.
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