After reviewing early observations by the Greeks and Chinese about the magnetic properties of lodestone, the book describes research performed by William Gilbert, Edmond Halley
, Karl Friedrich Gauss, Hans Orsted, Ander Marie Ampere, Michael Faraday, James Clerk Maxwell, and modern geophysicists.
Beginning with Copernicus's death in 1543, the film depicts the scientific achievements of Tycho Brahe, Giordano Bruno, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilee, Isaac Newton, and Edmond Halley
While there are recorded sightings of the comet dating back to 240BC, it was English astronomer Edmond Halley
who had it named after him in 1705 when he worked out how often it would re-appear.
In 1693, the astronomer Edmond Halley
created a basis for underwriting life insurance by developing the first mortality table; unfortunately, his table used the same rate for all ages.
Beginning with the second half of the seventeenth century and ending with the early twentieth, contributors (who work in economics and other fields in Europe and North America) discuss the contributions of Jacob Bernoulli, Isaac Le Maire, Joseph de la Vega, Jan de Witt, Edmond Halley
, Abraham de Moivre, Thomas Simpson, John Law, Emmanuel-Etienne Duvillard, Henri Lefevre, Jules Regnault, Louis Bachelier, and Vincenz Bronzin.
In 1692, Edmond Halley
submitted a paper to the British Royal Society stating that Earth is hollow.
Discovered by the Portuguese in 1502, and settled by the British in 1659, famous visitors include Captain Cook, Charles Darwin, Captain Bligh, Edmond Halley
, Napoleon's adversary the Duke of Wellington, Mason and Dixon, and the real William Hickey.
Three hundred and fifteen years have passed since Isaac Newton, thanks to considerable financial and moral support from Edmond Halley
(of comet fame), published his Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica and, ever since, what is meant by the word 'science', our perceptions of 'genius' and the very image of Isaac Newton have all undergone a process of metamorphosis.
The author provides an extended analysis of the thought of Isaac Newton and Edmond Halley
and argues convincingly that they appropriated many aspects of traditional comet lore into the new science.
He in turn appointed scientist and astronomer Edmond Halley
, who lent his name to the famous comet, to oversee the mint at Chester Castle.