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School days

16 August 2017

It is the middle of August and also the middle of what in German is known as Saure-Gurken-Zeit, in English as the silly season and in American as the dog days. It’s that time...

American eclipse tourism in the nineteenth century

10 August 2017

Steve Ruskin has achieved the history of astronomy equivalent of squaring the circle; he has written a popular history of astronomy book that is informative, enlightening, entertaining...

Journalists getting the facts wrong in the 19th century

9 August 2017

One of the joys of having an extensive twitter stream is the unexpected titbits that it throws up from time to time. Recently Lee Jackson[1] (@VictorianLondon) posted this small newspaper...

The House of Blaeu vs.The House of Hondius – The Battle of the Globes and Atlases

3 August 2017

There is a South to North trajectory in the evolution of the modern mathematical cartography in Europe over the two hundred years between fourteen hundred and sixteen hundred. Ptolemaic...