So last week I was in Witney (Oxford) for work experience with Open Doors (more on that later) and on one of our free days my mum and I took a trip into Oxford and visited the History of Science Museum. It was absolutely fascinating.
This is a globe of the moon made probably in the 1700s maybe earlier and I think it is so cool because of the mystery of it, they had no idea what the other side of the moon was like so they left it completely blank. The scientific unknown and room for discovery is so real in this globe it sums scientific enquiry up – we can only display and use what we observe which is really interesting because there are some truths that can’t be so literally proven or observed in that kind of way. Like the existence of God or the feelings of love, or the unexplained passions within us. I think this globe conveys hope – for us now as well as people back then – because there is always more to discover.
These particularly sparked my curiosity, these are combinations of terrestrial (the world) and celestial (the sky – i.e. constellations) globes. It gives the feeling of a universe in your pocket and the Earth is like a present wrapped up in the sky. There is an unexplainable beauty about it, I don’t know how to describe it yet…
These are various explorations of the Solar system from different periods in history. What really amazed me was the experimentation of whether the sun revolves around the Earth or if the Earth orbits the sun. I think the philosophy of this is really interesting because of the egocentric tendencies of the human race and the reality of the universe not evolving around our home puts things into perspective. Although it doesn’t belittle our lives because we have the intelligence to discover things like the order of the solar system and age of the Earth so we are pretty awesome too, even in all of the vastness of the universe because we have the capacity to discover it and imagine even greater things than the universe inside our minds.
This is a pastel drawing of the moon drawn in 1795. It looks like a photo taken by a high powered telescope! I just look at it with wonder, and amazement because of the precision and realism of it.