Here are some one liners...
The Dutch Find Australia But Miss the Point -- The Dutch finally land on the coast of Australia but think it is part of New Guinea. They will miss the cape and the Strait of Torres.
Galileo Is Feeling the Heat -- He invents the thermometer, in part. He also creates a compass-like thing that helps aim cannons. You have to see it. Then it makes sense instantly.
The Magic of 'Secret Writing' is Made Public -- This guy's books on Secret Writing are finally published... long after his death. They are books are on cryptography. They will go on the list of prohibited books because it is feared that this particular type of cryptography requires some level of magic