Solar eclipses and curiosity

Graham Jones, solar eclipse, Angola
Image: ISCED

BSc in Astrophysics from Royal Holloway, University of London. MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement from the University of Edinburgh. Part of the team at timeanddate. Previously at the University of Shiga Prefecture in Japan.

I’m interested in the idea that solar eclipses could have acted as a pump of curiosity for early humans. If the kind of solar eclipses we experience on Earth are rare within the Universe, human-like curiosity may also be rare.

Why is this website called Ten Sentences?
It’s a tribute to Abraham Lincoln. His Gettysburg Address is a timeless example of communication — and it contains just ten sentences. Lincoln was also a champion of science and education.