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Harrison Decoded: Towards a perfect pendulum clock

   Uncategorized   January 16, 2015  No Comments

In July 2014 the NMM hosted on one-day conference, entitled Decoding Harrison, which presented the story of around forty years of collaborative research into John Harrison’s complex and surprising pendulum clock theory. During the conference the exciting result of a previously unannounced and unofficial test of Martin Burgess’s ‘Clock B’…

Goodbye Longitude Punk’d

Since April last year, a mob of madcap inventors, stargazing scientists and elegant explorers took over the Royal Observatory, taking visitors on an adventure into a world where scientific convention and the laws of nature had been re-written. Sadly all this fun had to come to an end, and on…

Guest post: Longitude Legends – Edmond Halley

If you’ve visited Ships, Clocks & Stars (open until 4 January 2015), you probably noticed the rather fine portrait of the young Edmond Halley (1656-1742). Halley is now mostly known for correctly predicting the return of ‘his’ comet, but he was active in many fields and interested in longitude and…

Curator’s Picks: Best of Ships, Clocks & Stars

   Uncategorized   December 22, 2014  No Comments

As we hurtle towards Christmas and the final weeks of Ships, Clocks & Stars, the people who know the exhibition best share their favourite objects: Marine timekeeper, Severyn Oosterwyck, about 1662 Richard Dunn, Senior Curator of History of Science This is a wonderfully rare survival from a period when people…