Linda Chown, esteemed American writer and professor, reviews Horatio Morpurgo's 'The Paradoxal Compass: Drake's Dilemma:
Often, when we think about what we are going to read, we might pause over the questions of whether it’s just going to be the same old stuff, or whether we’ll be learning something new about the real world in which we really live. One may see Francis Drake’s name in this title of this book and imagine his glorious Golden Hinde traversing unknown seas, and think, “I’ve read about him. What does he matter anymore?”
It all matters enormously, as Horatio Morpurgo explains in his latest book The Paradoxal Compass: Drake’s Dilemma when applauding Galileo’s fight to have the freedom to teach new things. Morpurgo adds that it’s a fight “to teach old things a new way, also” , and Morpurgo does just that: teaches old things a new way for today….