8 thoughts on “Science, history and the blue circles of London

  1. Brigitte

    Thomas Young is one of many fascinating points where the emergence of linguistics (as the science of language) intersects with the emergence of many other sciences (in the 19th century). He was just great (ok, I confess, I had to google to refresh my memory, or should that be, to access my memory?): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Young_%28scientist%29
    Thanks for reminding me of him!! And, of course, for such a nice post on space, time, memory and the future of humanity.

    1. Rebekah Higgitt

      Among many other things, Young was also Secretary of the Board of Longitude and editor, or Supervisor, of the Nautical Almanac. One of the PhDs on our NMM/Cambridge research project (nmm.ac.uk/longitude) is basing her thesis on his role as a kind of scientific civil servant. Very much deserves his blue plaque!

  2. Lectora corrent

    I’m not a Londoner, but whenever I visit London I walk throughout its streets looking upwards trying to spot as many blue plaques as possible. They tell me about people that were related to the history of London. I love them indeed!

  3. M-H

    Great post. We stayed near Seven Dials on our last trip and loved walking the streets. I remember the pillar well. And we spent an afternoon hunting blue plaques in Bloomsbury, and nearby we discovered Mary Ward House. As that’s my name I had to have a photo outside. Apart from the obvious tourist things, London is a treasure trove for the curious traveller.

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