Wednesday, April 1, 2009
First Oceanographers were Vikings
New Scientist has a story about the Vikings using a combination of religion and science for strategic decisions.
The science included watching where objects such as coffins washed ashore. It was believed that the point an object made landfall was a naturally good location for a boat's landfall and a settlement. Reykjavik, Iceland was one successful settlement located by this technique.
This is an interesting read.