"I then beheld a most agreeable spectacle ... a perfectly circular shape ... [where] the limbs of the Sun and Venus precisely coincided."—Jeremiah Horrocks
He entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, at age 13 as a poor scholar, taught himself astronomy, corrected Kepler's calculations (how cool is that), measured the moon's size and found its elliptical orbit, and turned in the best-to-date estimate of the earth's distance from the sun, all before dying at age 22.
Before blogging became all the rage, Tom was posting book reviews and Observations (essentially early blog posts) to this site. You can find the archives below.
What we're talking about
on the front page.