Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers by Marvin Bolt, JoAnn Palmeri, Thomas Hockey, Virginia Trimble,

By Marvin Bolt, JoAnn Palmeri, Thomas Hockey, Virginia Trimble, Thomas Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard Jarrell, Jordan D. Marché, F. Jamil Ragep

The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers is a different and necessary source for historians and astronomers alike. the 2 volumes contain nearly 1550 biographical sketches on astronomers from antiquity to trendy occasions. it's the collective paintings of approximately four hundred authors edited via an article board of nine historians and astronomers, and offers extra info at the nature of an access and a few precis information at the content material of entries. This new reference presents biographical details on astronomers and cosmologists through the use of modern historic scholarship. person entries differ from a hundred to 1500 phrases, together with the likes of the superluminaries reminiscent of Newton and Einstein, in addition to lesser-known astronomers like Galileo’s acolyte, Mario Guiducci. A accomplished contributor index is helping researchers to spot the authors of vital clinical subject matters and treatises.

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To suggest the size of the problem, what weight does a Leviathan like Isaac Newton have compared to a small fry like John Newton (a contemporary almanac writer)? , Lyon, 1658); Benedict de Spinoza, Opera Posthuma (Amsterdam 1677), Dutch edition, Die nagelate Schriften van B. d. S. , 1677); J. ); Johannes Kepler (Opera, 1858–1871; GW, 1935–); A- L. , 1862–1893); C. F. , 1863–1933); J- L. , 1878–1912); A- L. , 1978–); Robert Boyle (1999–2000; 2001); and Albert Einstein (1987–). ). Taken separately, less heroic figures have attracted scholarly interest, savants such as N-C Fabri de Peiresc (1888–1898; 1972), Marin Mersenne (1932–1986), and Henry Oldenburg (1965–1986).

1, pp. , where Riccioli expands his list of Copernicans and non-Copernicans weighing arguments for and against a moving Earth; see also pp. 313–351. For Riccioli’s reckoning of the number of arguments, see Apologia pro Argumento Physicomathematico contra Systema Copernicanum adiecto contra illud Novo ­Argumento ex Reflexo motu Gravium Decidentium. Venice, 1669; Dorothy Stimson, The Gradual Acceptance of the Copernican Theory of the Universe, New York, 1917, pp. 79–84, provides a general discussion.

Sturdy, Science and Social Status: The Members of the ­Académie des sciences, 1666–1750. Rochester, New York, 1995 and Frank A. ” For an overview of key issues, see Clark A. ” Isis, Vol. 73, No. 1 (March, 1982): 77–93.  From preclassical times, the transition from oral traditions, epics, and story telling (understood as historical literature) was accompanied by the production of records. In addition to annals and chronologies, the earliest forms of government required dynastic lists, while legal considerations of inheritance (as one example of precedence) called for extended genealogies.

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