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A second in one-hundred days – the results

The last time I wrote about Clock B, we had just commenced an official 100-day trial to see if it would keep up with John Harrison’s expectations. In the last blog post the conditions and aims of the trial were outlined. In this post I will add a little detail…

Experimental exhibitions

When John Harrison and the Board of Longitude were wrangling over the disclosure of H4 in the mid-1760s, one phrase proved particularly tricky. The Harrisons constantly returned to the phrase ‘experimental exhibitions’ as not clear to them and as possibly requiring actions that they couldn’t perform. The phrase has seemed…

Longitude? It’s patently obvious

This is cross-posted from the British Library Social Science blog, with their kind permission … — Blog readers of a certain age will remember well one of my favourite lines from Nick Park’s animation Wallace and Gromit. As the villainous robotic dog Preston operates a replica of his Wash-o-matic, Wallace yells…

You don’t have to be mad to work here, but it helps

Lucy Worsley, head curator at Historic Royal Palaces, has just finished presenting a series on BBC 1 called ‘Fit to Rule.’ In this she is considering the medical strengths and weaknesses of the British royal families as intrinsic to the success or failure of their reigns. The various royal palaces…