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The book of science

8700 BCE - 2012 CE

Tom Sharp

Poetry and commentary reflecting on milestones of the history of science


Welcome to The book of science. Come here each week to find poetry and commentary on another milestone of the history of science.


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In 1676, Ole Rømer calculated the speed of light from discrepancies for the eclipses of Jupiter’s moon Io.

1676 Ole Rømer electromagnetism Speed of light

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