Jon U. Bell

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Jun 13, 2016

On May 25th in the year AD 735 – that’s over 1200 years ago - Baeda, the Venerable Bede, died. He was an English monk who in the 8th Century was the first person we know of to have written scholarly works in the English language. He also wrote De Natura Rerum, which was a collection of works on geography and astronomy, much of it preserved knowledge from Greek civilization, but also knowledge gained by observation and deduction.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22nd, 1859. He was, of course, the creator of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, one of my favorites. It bothers, me, though, that Holmes didn’t know anything about astronomy, nor did he care. When Dr. Watson informed him, for instance, that the earth orbited the sun, he replied, “What… is it to me? You say we go round the sun.

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