A Warwickshire Eclipse – by Mike Frost
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On February 18th 1737 there
was an eclipse of the Sun visible from Warwickshire. It was one of an extraordinary
series of British eclipses which occurred in the eighteenth century, and inspired
a generation of astronomers and cartographers to produce ever-more elaborate
charts and maps of the eclipse tracks.
surveyor, engineer, draftsman and mathematician, drew one such chart to
illustrate the 1737 eclipse. I found this chart in the papers of Roger Newdigate, a young aristocrat who lived in Arbury Hall, Nuneaton.
I use the story of these two fascinating
historical figures, and the map that connects them, to trace the flowering
of mathematical talent in the wake of Newton, Halley and others. In the case of
Beighton and Newdigate,
these talents played a direct part in bringing the industrial revolution to
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