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Newton’s Great Promoter

Newton’s Great Promoter

Most people have heard of Sir Isaac Newton, though most are vague on the details of his theories on gravity etc. But his work was written in Latin and they were incredibly complex and hard to comprehend, even by his fellow scientists. But they were understood by French born vicar John Theophilus Desaguliers who devised … Continue reading

Christianity and the Calendar

Ten centuries of confusion in the Christian Calendar may well be drawing to the end when the Archbishop of Canterbury meeting with Popes of the Catholic and Coptic churches to decide on a fixed date for easter. This is from the i newspaper; Easter is not only celebrated n different dates from year to year, … Continue reading

Ode to Misaddressed Warning Systems

Ode to Misaddressed Warning Systems

The latest discovery from my bookshelf is Paul Jennings’ ‘the Living Village’, a survey of scrapbooks produced to celebrate the anniversary of the Women’s Institutes. This concerns the giant golfballs that are the early warning radar system of North Yorkshire, claimed to be in Fylingdales, but are in the adjoining parish of Lockton High Moor. … Continue reading

Earth To Major Chris

Chris Hadfield seems to have become the new face for space exploration with his cover of Bowie’s Space Oddity, and I’ve heard him talk a few times, and been really impressed. This morning on Lauren Laverne’s 6music show, he was plugging his new book, a selection of the many thousands of shots he took of … Continue reading

Importance of Landmarks

Most early mariners were more local pilots, sailing in a straight-ish line, then following the coast till they spotted something they recognised, so landscape was immensely important to them, not just shape of the byes etc, but forests, rocks, church towers. Damage or removal of some of these caused so much loss of life and … Continue reading

Einstein and Curiosity

As my regular readers know, I am currently obsessed with the notions of curiosity, so I love this quote from Einstein: “I have no special talents I am only passionately curious. ” Indeed.

Halley Crowd Sourcing

Here’s another snippet fro ‘Shaping the Day’ by Nigel Thrift & Paul Glennie. When Edmund Halley was Savillian Professor of Geometry at Cambridge in 1714 he wanted to get accurate measurements of the size of the earth and the moon and their distance from the sun, so he set up one of the first examples … Continue reading

Clocks and Rituals

Clocks are seen as a source of control, but the early clocks in churches were huge – at times the dial was 2 metres wide, showing hours, days, lunar phases, planetary positions high and low tides, as well as automata and music with the bells striking. Clocks were not just for telling time, they employed … Continue reading