John White Webster

John White Webster, an American geologist and chemist, was born May 20, 1793.  He graduated from Harvard Medical College in 1815, and would return there as professor, but in between, he visited St. Michael (Sao Miguel) Island in the Azores in 1817-18.  There he...

Grove Karl Gilbert

Grove Karl Gilbert, an American geologist, was born May 6, 1843.  In 1869, navigating down the Colorado River, John Wesley Powell, had spotted a mountain range in southeastern Utah, to the west of the river, which he called the Unknown Mountains.  Five years later, he...

Benoit de Maillet

Benoît de Maillet, a French diplomat and geological dreamer, was born Apr. 12, 1656. De Maillet spent much of his life as the French consul to Egypt, but he thought a lot about the earth and its origin, and before he died, he wrote a romance in which an Indian...

The Science of Apollo

Best-selling author and space historian Andrew Chaikin and a panel of experts, including Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt, discuss the science of Project Apollo and the benefits to society of future planetary exploration.

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John Clerk of Eldin

John Clerk of Eldin, a Scottish scholar and artist, was born Dec. 10, 1728. Clerk in his own day was best known as the author of the first modern English book on naval strategy, Naval Tactics, 1790, which was supposedly used by Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar....