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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:53 pm 
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"Where did John Harrison build his first clock ?"

The answer to this question is given as "C: In London".

However, the correct answer is surely "E: In Yorkshire", since he learnt how to build "fine clocks" while living in Yorkshire as a young man (lines 3-5).

Anyone agree with me ?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:59 pm 
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I quite agree with you


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I see what you mean. I suppose if you wanted to split hairs you could argue that he may have learned to build clocks by some method that didn't actually involve the construction of any clocks! :wink: Seems unlikely though.


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it's a while since I have looked atteh paper, but I remember questioning that answer ( iyswim!)


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yoyo123 wrote:
it's a while since I have looked atteh paper, but I remember questioning that answer ( iyswim!)


After my daughter answered the question, she questioned the answer, which led to my questioning her reasoning, and I reasoned that her questioning was reasonably unquestionable, hence my question, which has been answered.

I hope that clears things up.


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Unquestionably! :D

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I see what you mean. I suppose if you wanted to split hairs you could argue that he may have learned to build clocks by some method that didn't actually involve the construction of any clocks! :wink: Seems unlikely though.

Yes, I'm devious enough to have thought of that, but it would be PhD level hair-splitting, which is certainly not covered in the Nfer-Nelson papers.

I suspect the question writer simply didn't read the paper properly.


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