The astronomy in Pepys’ Diary

  title={The astronomy in Pepys’ Diary},
  author={David Wright},
  journal={Astronomy \& Geophysics},
  • D. Wright
  • Published 1 August 2000
  • History
  • Astronomy & Geophysics
ed as the “Father of the Royal Navy”. As a Clerk of the Naval Acts, he was responsible for supplying the fleet, and also promoted its modernization and enlargement, with a significant effect on the development of British trade. He also kept the Diary for which he is renowned. In this, Pepys recorded the events of his busy life from 1 January 1660 to 31 May 1669 (Latham and Mathews 1983a). The 1660s was a decade when science was being popularized, and astronomy in particular was enjoying a high… 


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