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In your dictionary: the language of longitude

This appeared as a guest post by Katy for the OxfordWords blog run by Oxford Dictionaries … Words can be difficult and scary. Everyone has words that they can’t spell or can’t pronounce. I always say rhetoric wrong, and inevitably still get the ‘i’ and ‘e’ in receive the wrong way around. But…

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…