Category Archives: curiosities

Encyclopaedia Londinensis, Richard Corbould, transit of Venus, botany, astronomy, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical (and astronomical) illustration of the day

In the era of Enlightenment, books of knowledge, like Encyclopaedia Londinensis, published by English printer, bookseller and stationer John Wilkes in 1807, became more and more ambitious in their scope and scale. This is perhaps best illustrated by the book’s

Encyclopaedia Londinensis, Richard Corbould, transit of Venus, botany, astronomy, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical (and astronomical) illustration of the day

In the era of Enlightenment, books of knowledge, like Encyclopaedia Londinensis, published by English printer, bookseller and stationer John Wilkes in 1807, became more and more ambitious in their scope and scale. This is perhaps best illustrated by the book’s

astronomy, transit of Venus, John Bird, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

Historical astronomical apparatus of the day

A quadrant, such as the one above, measures the altitude of celestial objects and was one of the key pieces of equipment the astronomer Charles Green needed to observe the transit of Venus from Tahiti in 1769. Used in combination

astronomy, transit of Venus, John Bird, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

Historical astronomical apparatus of the day

A quadrant, such as the one above, measures the altitude of celestial objects and was one of the key pieces of equipment the astronomer Charles Green needed to observe the transit of Venus from Tahiti in 1769. Used in combination

astronomy, transit of Venus, James Short, Captain Cook, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical astronomical apparatus of the day

The Gregorian telescope is a type of reflecting telescope designed by Scottish mathematician and astronomer James Gregory in the 17th century, and first built in 1673 by Robert Hooke. The design pre-dates the first practical reflecting telescope, the Newtonian telescope,

astronomy, transit of Venus, James Short, Captain Cook, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical astronomical apparatus of the day

The Gregorian telescope is a type of reflecting telescope designed by Scottish mathematician and astronomer James Gregory in the 17th century, and first built in 1673 by Robert Hooke. The design pre-dates the first practical reflecting telescope, the Newtonian telescope,

orrery, transit of Venus, Venus, astronomy, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical astronomical apparatus of the day

The model above is a mechanical planetarium or orrery, dated to 1761 and made by the English surveyor, engraver, map- and instrument-maker Benjamin Cole. It was produced to demonstrate the principles of the transit of Venus, which took place on

orrery, transit of Venus, Venus, astronomy, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical astronomical apparatus of the day

The model above is a mechanical planetarium or orrery, dated to 1761 and made by the English surveyor, engraver, map- and instrument-maker Benjamin Cole. It was produced to demonstrate the principles of the transit of Venus, which took place on

transit of Venus, Venus, James Ferguson, Isaac Newton, Jeremiah Horrocks, Copernicus, Edmond Halley, Johannes Kepler, Natalie Waddell

Astronomy explained…

…upon Sir Isaac Newton’s Principles: and made easy to those who have not studied mathematics. This was the title of a book by the self-educated Scottish astronomer and instrument maker James Ferguson, whose work did much to popularize the understanding

transit of Venus, Venus, James Ferguson, Isaac Newton, Jeremiah Horrocks, Copernicus, Edmond Halley, Johannes Kepler, Natalie Waddell

Astronomy explained…

…upon Sir Isaac Newton’s Principles: and made easy to those who have not studied mathematics. This was the title of a book by the self-educated Scottish astronomer and instrument maker James Ferguson, whose work did much to popularize the understanding

mermaids, mythology, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, transit of Venus,

Mermaids – nothing really found

Animal Planet has set Sunday, May 27 as the date it will air its two-hour special Mermaids: The Body Found in the US. The programme, which has been in the works for the past few years, promises to paint a

mermaids, mythology, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, transit of Venus,

Mermaids – nothing really found

Animal Planet has set Sunday, May 27 as the date it will air its two-hour special Mermaids: The Body Found in the US. The programme, which has been in the works for the past few years, promises to paint a

mermarabilia, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, transit of Venus, Natalie Waddell,

Discovery hasn’t discovered mermaids after all

This time last year Discovery Communications announced a new show it was lining up for its Animal Planet channel called Mermaids: The Body Found. “In the early 1990s, the United States Navy began a series of covert sonar tests that

mermarabilia, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, transit of Venus, Natalie Waddell,

Discovery hasn’t discovered mermaids after all

This time last year Discovery Communications announced a new show it was lining up for its Animal Planet channel called Mermaids: The Body Found. “In the early 1990s, the United States Navy began a series of covert sonar tests that