Plymouth, Devon

Mathematical Gazetteer of the British Isles

Francis Drake (c1540-1596) set out from Plymouth, on 6 Apr (or 13 Dec) 1577 and returned on 26 Sep 1580 as the first English captain to circumnavigate the earth. (He may even have been second only to Magellan (1519-1522)??) Statue on Plymouth Hoe, with a globe beside him. He was a notable citizen and benefactor of the town, being mayor and MP and built a water channel from Dartmoor to the city - this is still extant and known as Drake's Leat. Numerous other voyages of exploration and settlement set out from or called at Plymouth and are commemorated with plaques on the pier of Sutton Harbour in the Barbican area. Captain Cook stopped here as his last English port of call before each of his voyages and the pub called the Barbican Revival has a plaque saying he had dinner there before setting out on his first voyage.

On the back of the Guildhall are large figures representing various arts including one of geometry (or architecture?) and one of astronomy.
Thomas Holloway (1800-1883), founder of Royal Holloway College outside London, was born in his father's Robin Hood and Little John inn in Plymouth Dock (now Devonport, a suburb of Plymouth).

A.M. Worthington was Professor of Physics at the Royal Naval Engineering College in Devonport and studied splash phenomena, leading to his A Study of Splashes in 1908 [1].

In the suburb of Marsh Mills, off the A38, a new Sainsbury's has a walkway covered with tensioned fabric sections in the form of sails, which are probably pieces of hyperboloids??
See also Buckland Abbey and Saltash.

References (show)

  1. Darius, Jon. Beyond Vision One Hundred Historic Scientific Photographs. OUP, 1984. pp.54-55

The Mathematical Gazetteer of the British Isles was created by David Singmaster.
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