Isaac Newton, famously questioned why an apple should fall from a tree.
What he could not have seen was how authors would be using his ideas metaphorically, 400 years later.
If you can't see a cat in a box, is it alive, dead or both? This is the absurd conundrum behind Ernst Schoedinger's famous thought experiment.
If an audience can't see a play, does it exist?
In 1751 Benjamin Franklin risked his life to prove that lightning is electrical, when he flew a kite with a metal rod attached in a thunderstorm.
And he discovers new research which suggests that Franklin may have faked his famous experiment.
Are we all conditioned like Pavlov's famous dogs who came to connect food with the sound of a bell? In the early 1900s the famous Russian psychologist did ground breaking experiments into associative learning and today his ideas have been fostered by novelists.
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It's most famous artistic appearance is in the Bayeux Tapestry when it was sited in 1066 but why does Halley's Comet continue to capture the contemporary imagination? Ian Peacock looks to the sky with Patrick Moore, talks to satirist John Amos about Halley's comic potential and discovers why Mark Twain was obsessed with the comet.