Monthly Archives: April 2016

Thinking Things v. Making Things

Thomas Bewick: “…various jobs… fell exclusively to my lot to execute… [including] the Mathematical Figures for Charles Hutton. This frequently drew him into the Room, in which I worked, to inspect what I was doing – he was always very … Continue reading

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Levelling

“The bottles are partially filled with coloured water through a small opening at the top of the tube frame; a cap fits over the opening. The bottles are connected above and below with hollow tubes.” Before me is a ‘recipe’ … Continue reading

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Chas. Hutton – The Man

Charles Hutton was born in Newcastle in 1737; I wonder what he himself would have cited as his greatest achievement? He had much to be proud of: good at maths, his first teaching post was in Jesmond, for how many … Continue reading

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Altitude

A moment of idle curiosity led to downloading a phone app for altitudes. It uses two systems: GPS and ASTER (a digital elevation model) and now, as I write, note I am sitting at either 402 or 396 feet above … Continue reading

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Gaining Perspective

I stare at the YHA building undecided, memory has tricked me; I thought the start of the path up was to the right of the building, now I see it was always to the left. I remember that it was … Continue reading

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Place Names

It’s Charles Hutton I imagine scrabbling over Schiehallion with, although highly unlikely that he ever visited; his traversing occurred on paper. I should rather think of Charles Mason who made the initial survey on its suitability for the experiment, or … Continue reading

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Great Lines (triangles, skeletons & spots)

My original sources of enlightenment regarding Charles Hutton’s invention of contour lines were firstly Countryfile on TV (watched with my mum), second Wikipedia, third Edwin Danson’s book ‘Weighing the World’.  Hutton was a computing wizard (long a verb before a … Continue reading

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