Sunday, 9 November 2008

Cook's Delight

while in Melbourne for the Curriculum Conference keynote I gave a public lecture in the State Library of Victoria on Swanston Street - an astonishing and well preserved building from the 1800s. The library was just preparing a touring exhibition of Captain Cook's personal artefacts. And I had a chance for a close look which was a real honour.

This was his star-sphere - it has constellations and stars carefully mapped onto its surface. Hard to imaging him sitting with this bauble in his hand looking up at the sky to recognise familiar Northern hemisphere constellations (like Orion's Belt) that he could still see as he sailed South.

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