About Harriot

Have you ever mapped sun spots? Translated a hitherto unknown language?

Invented mathematical notation used by every generation after you?

Preempted the discovery of elliptical orbits?

If you had, would you publish about it?

Thomas Harriot did all of these things but, curiously, kept it all to himself.

His circle of friends upbraided him for his negligence to publish and urged him along: “too great reservednesse has rob’d you of these glories.” But even they wondered what even mightier secrets might reside in his “storehouse” of knowledge.

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