Round About The Earth by Joyce Chaplin

If you have ever been crew, passenger or presenter on any Global Learn Day Voyage, there would be little surprise if the conversation turned to Harvard’s Joyce Chaplin and her brand new book Round About the Earth – Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit.

In fact, Ms. Chaplin would have already been most welcome by way of her earlier work – The First Scientific American: Benjamin Franklin and the Pursuit of Genius.

Linking Ben Franklin with Magellan, Drake, Cook, Gagaran, Glenn and Armstrong is as natural as linking Socrates, Plato and Aristotle to the Athenians in Greece and the Parthenon in Athens. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that it would take all the rubber trees ever produced in Indonesia to stretch a link between Chaplin’s writings and an imaginary 19th Century Clipper making “Voyages” westward – from Auckland to Guam. The long way around. In just exactly 24 hours. All under sail. Without ever getting wet, cold or further than your Smart Phone.

Well maybe we won’t have to gather all those rubber trees?

Thanks to Professor Adam Gray and what I learned of here, there’s a way to greatly improve how we frame Global. Learn Day. Old wine in new bottles? Perhaps. But – just maybe – it’s the blueprint for new sailing instructions and a greatly improved course.   The greatest tidal wave for Change – The Internet – has always been there for our Franklin Clipper. Professor Gray might well have provide the ‘ah-ah’ moment for the writings of our Voyages.

More later.

P.S. “If you are not to be forgotten the moment you are dead, do something worth writing about, or write something worth reading — long after you are dead.”  Ben Franklin

About oregonhibbs

I'm passionate about improving access to education, worldwide, sailing, Duck football (I live in the shadow of the University of Oregon in Eugene) and connecting with people with ideas and work that "can change the world". With this in mind, I am the "Skipper" for Global Learn Day, which you can find out more about at OREGONHIBBS.COM ; Write to

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