Something wonderful was brought to my attention by one of the participants in the History of Science WikiProject: the Ballad of Gresham College. The ballad is a 1663 ode to the Royal Society, recounting the noble exploits of the Fellows. It was first (and probably only) published in 1932 (ISIS, vol. 18, no.1, pp. 103-117), along with Dorothy Stimson’s speculation on authorship and sparse notes about the individuals and RS publications to which it alludes.
- Experiments involving cats and air pumps
- Prince Rupert Drops
- Loadstones and iron filings
- John Wilkins‘s Philosophical Language
- The Longitude problem
- The endowment of the Royal Society
Which miraculous appere to men
The Colledge intended: The like before
Were never donne, nor wilbe agen.