The Scientist Who Tried To Pass Off A Monkey's Butt As A New Animal

No one can say that Charles Waterton was not a talented and interesting man. Instead, they said he was eccentric, which, when translated from 19th-century-aristocratic-British-scientist-speak, meant "so crazy we're pretty sure that he removed his own brain and jammed it in again backwards." » 9/01/14 8:00am 9/01/14 8:00am

The Aberration of Starlight Explains Why the Stars "Jump"

In the 1600s, astronomers noticed that the stars seemed to jump in a way that made no sense. During certain months, stars seemed to leap out of place through no phenomenon that they could understand. Then along came James Bradley, who used wind and rain to explain what he called the aberration of starlight. » 8/07/14 8:00am 8/07/14 8:00am