So longitude, farewell

This, as they say, is it. After just over five years of sometimes frenzied activity (some of which I’ve tried to capture in a project outcomes page), the Board of Longitude project has come to an end. Well, almost. Our AHRC funding finished at the end of July 2015, but there’s a…

Time for Coffee: Longitude and coffeehouse culture

One of my favourite parts of Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude exhibition is the evocation of an 18th-century coffeehouse. You can hear longitude enthusiasts lamenting the problems they’re having with their solutions, or asking Mrs Pike for a bit more coffee. According to Seb Falk in his…

Visualising Longitude

If you’ve been to Ships, Clocks and Stars already you’ll have quickly noted that the story of longitude isn’t just about scientific instruments. It’s also about lots of wonderful painted portraits, about graphic satires, about intricate maps and charts, and is prime for interpretation using audio-visuals. If you’ve not been…

Sympathetic vibrations

Over at PACHSmörgåsbord, brought to us by the Philadelphia Area Centre for History of Science, Darin Hayton has been catching the longitude vibe while investigating the collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia. He describes an anonymous 1688 pamphlet that, famously for those who have looked into the history of longitude, suggests…