The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon opens its doors with the exhibition «360º Discovered Science»To let us know the Spanish and Portuguese contributions to science in the 15th and 16th centuries. In this exhibition it is possible to see how, thanks to the great navigations carried out by the Iberian peoples during this time, the foundations on which part of the science that we know today would be built is laid.
Throughout our lives we have been told about important scientists such as Copernicus with his heliocentric theory, or Newton and their proposal for a theory about the origin of the stars, but what they fail to show us many times is that without the findings made before by the Spanish and Portuguese, these scientists would not have reached such high recognition.
In the content of the exhibition you can see from plants, exotic animals, globes to the maps that were used during the trips, including the first portuguese nautical chart, in which the navigators were writing down everything that was on their way for a later improvement of the map on their return, finally completing with measurements such as latitude and longitude.
Places like House of Contracting in Spain and the Indian warehouses in PortugalApart from being committed to the administrative and military logistics of maritime trips, they protected and organized the news that was obtained.
The exhibition has had the help of Spanish institutions such as the Naval Museum of Madrid and some Spanish historians such as Juan Pimentel or José Pardo Tomás, for this reason, the approach of the exhibition to the citizens of Madrid is already being discussed. late 2013 or 2014.
I was born in Madrid on August 27, 1988 and since then I started a work of which there is no example. Fascinated by both numbers and letters and a lover of the unknown, that is why I am a future graduate in Economics and Journalism, interested in understanding life and the forces that have shaped it. Everything is easier, more useful and more exciting if, with a look at our past, we can improve our future and for that… History.