Newton on the Ganges: Asiatic Enlightenment of British Astronomy

Historian Simon Schaffer, the 2008 Harry Camp Memorial Lecturer, spoke on Newton’s fascination with discoveries about ancient Indian philosophy and discussed the global network of information on which Newton relied for his Principia Mathematica When we think of Sir Issac Newton, we don’t usually associate him with the exotic. Newton was a saturnine and complex […]

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Understanding the Nebra Sky Disc

This is a brief, but well narrated documentary on the Nebra Sky Disk. This find and other recent archaeological discoveries put the history of astronomical sophistication in Northern Europe and Briton to a much earlier time than had been thought.. I’m sure there will be many more discoveries. For much of the the last two […]

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