10 October 2019
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Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR
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Professor Simon Schaffer is Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge.
Isaac Newton never went to sea, but maritime affairs played an important role in his career, in studies ranging from resistance to the movement of hulls to the vexed problems of longitude determination. These techniques were mapped out by E.G.R. Taylor in her history of navigation, The Haven-Finding Art.
The lecture traces these interests, and uses them to replace Newton and his enterprises in the cultures of geography and navigation that helped encourage work in the mathematical sciences and natural philosophy in Baroque England.
Stay for supper at the Society after Professor Simon Schaffer's lecture.
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