Tagged with Isaac Newton

New Money for Old

New Money for Old

Seventeenth century England had lots of problems, but for a country of merchants, its deteriorating coinage dragged on for decades. The silver coins in circulation were becoming worn down and illegible, so easy to forge, but also there was widespread ‘clippiing’ wherby people would clip or shave the edges which could produce a considerable amount … Continue reading

Blame it all on Henry

Blame it all on Henry

A lot of people think that religion is a bad thing, and to an extent I agree with them. But the beliefs are different to the practice, and I am constantly banging on about the importance of what Henry VIII did when he dissolved the monasteries. If you want to know how important these institutions … Continue reading

Science and Fighting Greeks

I have earlier described how modern science arose in part from the chaos of England’s Civil War, but long before this, the Greeks were big on on the sciences of course, as Euripides wrote in the 5th century BC: “Blessed is he who learns how to engage in inquiry, with no impulse to harm his … Continue reading

Not Disappointing Mark Twain

There have been many accounts of astronomical events and their impact on humanity through the ages, not least the star of Bethlehem, one of the core symbols of Christianity. In 1066, Elmer recorded in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle spoke to a comet:’You’ve come, you source of tears to many mothers. You’re evil, I hate you! … Continue reading