Why did Robert Hooke describe him as 'the veriest knave in all the house' and why was the astronomer Flamsteed
calling him SIN (Sir Isaac Newton)?
His astronomer John Flamsteed
became annoyed by the birds getting in the way of his work, so the king ordered their destruction, only to change his mind.
While interweaving background on NewtonAEs discoveries, inventions, and scientific achievements, the book charts his terrible relationships with other scientists of his time, such as Robert Hooke, John Flamsteed
, and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, and reveals his obsession with biblical prophecies of the apocalypse.
A little closer to home, in the East Midlands, are the following recommended stargazing sites: Minninglow, Pikehall, DE4 2PN; Parsley Hay, Buxton, SK17 0DG Local observatories: Flamsteed
Observatory, Brailsford, DE6 3BE; Rosliston Forestry Centre, Swadlincote, DE12 8JX; Sherwood Observatory, Mansfield, NG17 5LF; Trent Astronomical Observatory, Nottingham, NG11 8NF WHAT TO SEE Tere are some types of stars hich can only been seen through a telescope or binoculars, but there are still many to enjoy with just the naked eye.
Even more confusing, the optical doubles he highlights sometimes consist of two stars with Flamsteed
numbers, with a combination of Flamsteed
and Draper designations, or with one companion having no official designation at all!
This piece of work also name checks an early 18th Century map of the constellations by John Flamsteed
(1646-1719), the first Astronomer Royal.
, who died in 1719, was the first holder of which position?
"Before we go 'tut-tut' we remember that the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed
, did not either.
The other takes place at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, assisted by the Flamsteed