Saturday, February 02, 2013

Size of the Earth

It is a testimony to the far vaster scale of our planet in Macaulay's time that his voyage home from India took nearly six months. He chose his passage for comfort rather than speed, but in those days at the dawn of steam power, such long journeys still depended on the wind.

When he traveled about in India, roads did not yet exist that could accommodate a carriage in the countryside.