SatNav and the man who “cracked” Longitude

The solution of how to accurately measure longitude was discovered by John Harrison in the 1700s, but not before a mighty struggle with “the establishment” who wrongly believed that navigation by the moon and stars was the answer. The final day of our South Coast Tour of England at Greenwich Royal Observatory.

Galileo’s battle for science over scripture.

I recently read a most interesting book, Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobell which charted the life of Galileo through letters to/from his daughter who spent all her adult life in a convent. Recognised today as a great pre-Newton philosopher, mathematician and astronomer, the book describes many of his battles with the Catholic Church and its … Continue reading Galileo’s battle for science over scripture.