Facebook greeted me today with this little graphic: Given that this is the radar picture over the UK this morning, it’s not surprising that several Facebook users felt a certain irony. But in what sense is it the first day of summer? As the Met Office explain in a lovely clear blog post, it depends whether you’re talking about the meteorological summer or the astronomical summer. For our forecasting friends, summer began three weeks ago on 1 June. (Though as my wife often
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 Connecting with Collections blog. I recently read a fascinating article about the early years of the discipline of history of science in Cambridge. It was helpful to me in lots of ways but one idea the author, Anna-K Mayer, had was to examine various photographs of the key figures in that story – famous historians and scientists like Herbert Butterfield and Joseph Needham. These men were public figures, and they took care over how they
I’ve just started a research project focusing on a medieval manuscript, The Equatorie of the Planetis. This manuscript describes the construction and use of a curious astronomical instrument, and my previous post was about the first stages in my attempt to reconstruct that instrument, in order to better understand the manuscript. I’m still working on that, and will write all about the fun I had trying to divide a three-foot circle into 360 equal degrees very soon. Before th