“In the early 1680s, at just about the time that Edmond Halley and his friend Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke were settling down in a London coffee house and embarking on the casual wager that would result eventually in Isaac Newton’s Principia, Henry Cavendish’s weighing of the undertakings that have occupied us for the past four hundred or so pages, a rather less desirable milestone was being passed on the island of Mauritius, far out in the Indian Ocean some 1,300 kilometres off the east coast of Madagascar. 330 more words
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‘I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to’.
And, as soon as Bill Bryson was old enough, he left. Des Moines couldn’t hold him, but it did lure him back. 388 more words