Neil deGrasse Tyson sets off on the Ship of the Imagination to chase a single comet through its million-year plunge toward Sol. Later, Tyson visits the birth-place of Sir Isaac Newton and ... See full summary »

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Neil deGrasse Tyson sets off on the Ship of the Imagination to chase a single comet through its million-year plunge toward Sol. Later, Tyson visits the birth-place of Sir Isaac Newton and retraces the unlikely friendship between Newton and brilliant polymath Edmond Halley. It was Halley's patience and generosity which allowed Newton to conquer his fear of isolation and find the courage to publish his masterwork, "Principia Mathematica" which launched a scientific revolution. Written by Anonymous

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Pattern Recognition
21 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode shows the movement from superstition to a recognition of the mathematic predictability of astronomical phenomena. Since primitive man had no explanation of events that didn't bear explanation, we cannot be terribly judgmental. Hence, when a comet appeared, it was often made to be the cause of most of the ills that befell mankind. We then focus in on the careers of three brilliant men. Edmund Hallley, Robert Hooke, and Isaac Newton. Halley, of course, is famous because he came to know that every 76 years the comet named after him returns to circle the sun in its obtuse, elliptical path. It points out, however, that the mathematics were actually the work of Newton and his knowledge of gravity at the behest of Halley. Halley should have been known as much for his inventing of the diving bell, the weather map, and his business acumen, but most of us can only talk of his comet. There was also great stress in the Royal Society because Robert Hooke, for all his knowledge, was a windbag and an impediment. He did wonderful things to create instrumentation. Newton is the ultimate hero in all this. Excellent episode.


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