I used to teach at Shimer College, and one of the courses I taught frequently was Natural Sciences 3: The Nature of Light. As part of the final exam, I asked the students to select one of the Queries from Isaac Newton's Opticks and design an experiment to answer it. Extra credit was available for actually doing the experiment.
The nineteenth century was when the system of compulsory figures was being formalized and governing bodies were created. Vandervell & Witham's A System of Figure-Skating was the first `scientific' treatise on figure skating. At the time, most figure skaters were rich men: they had the disposable income to spend their time --- all day, on… Continue reading Figures & science