Thomas Harriot, Atlantia's first Mathematician and Man of Mystery
James of Middle Aston
Instructor's Kingdom: Atlantia, Time Zone: EST
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Knowne World Sciences Symposium
Born in 1561, Thomas Harriot was an Astronomer, Navigator and Mathematician famous in his day but lost to obscurity until the 1970s when his writings were uncovered. He was hired by Sir Walter Raleigh to assist with the preparations for founding the Second "Lost" Roanoke Colony. His 1585 Maps of the coast of current-day Virginia and North Carolina are impressively accurate.
Questioned during the Gunpowder Plot, he shunned publication and publicity. He would, however, answer letters sent to him from his friends. Published after his death, these letters detailed his Mathematical brilliance. Among his accomplishments were mapping the moon by use of a Telescope... Before Galileo... And describing the 80 years path and return of the Comet 80 years before Halley.
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