By Deborah Todd
Designed for top college via early students, A to Z of Scientists in area and Astronomy is a perfect connection with impressive female and male scientists within the box of area and astronomy, from antiquity to the current. Containing greater than one hundred sixty entries and 50 black-and-white images, the authors emphasize the scientists' contributions to the sector in addition to his or her influence on scientists who've undefined. The e-book is geared up with a basic creation that explains who's within the ebook and why; an inventory of entries; the entries themselves; indexes through box of specialization, nationality, topic sector, and chronology; a bibliography; and an index.
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In the northern Greek city of Stagirus. As the son of a physician, Aristotle was destined to learn about organisms and how living beings worked, because the practice of medicine at the time was handed down from father to son as sacred, secret knowledge. But his parents died when he was about 10 years old, and his travels and instruction with his father, who was the personal physician to Amyntas III, the king of Macedonia, came to an end. Aristotle was thereafter raised and educated in rhetoric, poetry, writing, and Greek by Proxenus of Atarneus.
Unlike Eudoxus, however, Aristotle believed that these spheres actually physically existed. The heavens, he said, were divided into two distinct parts. Everything below the Moon, in the subluminary sphere, contained the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water, and this was the part of the universe where all change occurred, accounting for the existence of growth, maturity, corruption, death, and decay. Everything above the Moon, however, existed in a pure, unchanging, eternal quintessence, or fifth element, which he called aether.
From 1859 to 1862 Argelander published the four-volume star catalog entitled Bonner Durchmusterung (Bonn survey), an amazing compendium containing more than 324,000 stars. Friedrich Argelander was born on March 22, 1799, in the Baltic port of Memel, East Prussia (now Klaipeda, Lithuania). His father was a wealthy Finnish merchant and his mother a German. He studied at the University of Königsberg in Prussia, where he was one of FRIEDRICH WILHELM BESSEL’s most outstanding students. In 1820 Argelander decided to pursue astronomy as a career after becoming Bessel’s assistant at the Königsberg Observatory.