"Four hundred years ago, on July 2 1621, a remarkable Englishman named Thomas
Harriot died in London. He left behind some 8,000 pages of scientific research,
but it is only in recent decades that scholars have uncovered their treasures.
And what they show is that Harriot independently made many significant
discoveries now attributed to other, more famous scientists. Some scholars have
called him “the English Galileo” and “the greatest British mathematical
scientist before Newton”.
Yet Harriot died without publishing a single word of this extraordinary output.
His tale reminds us that, while we may sometimes think science progresses
through a series of famous pioneers who single-handedly overturn entrenched
beliefs, the story is rarely so simple."
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*** Xanni ***
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