Regular readers of this blog (if there are any, I should apologise to them for my long silence) will be familiar with the story of King Arthur’s Table. You won’t need me to remind you how I was lucky enough to discover this forgotten object in the stores of the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, and then spent much of 2013 investigating its biography. You’ll already know, I’m sure, that the story takes in Sir Lawrence Bragg, the Cavendish Laboratory and its workshops.
This post is cross-posted from the blog of the Adler Planetarium, Chicago, USA. It was written after a research visit I made to the Adler in June 2013. Tucked away on the lower level of the Adler Planetarium is the Webster Institute for the History of Astronomy. It may be located way below the Grainger Sky Theater, but it can still inspire cosmic wonder in historians like me. I'm a student at the University of Cambridge, and I was lucky enough to visit the Webster Institute