Steven Shapin: Edmund Halley
2 July 1998
Show More Edmond Halley: Charting the Heavens and the Seas by Alan Cook.
Oxford, 540 pp., £29.50, December 1997, 0 19 850031 9Show More
“... out of his own pocket, and who prepared a précis for personal presentation to the King – one of the earliestscientific soundbites. ‘But for him, in all human probability’, wrote Augustus de Morgan in the mid-19th century, the Principia ‘would not have been thought of, nor when thought of written, nor when written printed’. Halley ‘almost made’ Newton write the book. Halley was alter ...”