Mostly forgotten by history, James Croll is a fairy tale in the history of science. See if you’ll also fall in love with the Earth’s deep history with CuriosityStream: https://www.curiositystream.com/simonclark
Since discovering the story of James Croll while researching Firmament, I knew I had to make a video about him and his remarkable life story. From his job as a janitor at a university he changed the world of science with his remarkable theory of orbital variations that became known as Milankovitch cycles. I hope that this video teaches you a few things. First that sometimes there are remarkable individuals in the history who go against the broad factors that determine progress. Second, that science communication, increasingly popular in the nineteenth century, has a very real impact on the development of science and scientists, popularising education beyond an elite core. Third, that the history of science is full of also-rans, second to the punches, and men and women who didn’t quite forge the final link in understanding. Their stories are important too!
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Full talk on James Croll: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKF8novHwiU
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Everyone has heard of Milankovic cycles or Milankovitch cycles, but few have heard of the remarkable janitor who originally came up with the idea that orbital variations force the Earth’s climate. The real life Good Will Hunting, James Croll, came up with the maths that became Milankovitch cycles while a janitor. This interesting video is about the history of science and history of climate change, similar to videos by crash course, scishow, veritasium, and smarter every day.
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