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 special and beneficial source for historians and astronomers alike. the 2 volumes comprise nearly 1550 biographical sketches on astronomers from antiquity to trendy occasions. it's the collective paintings of approximately four hundred authors edited by way of an article board of nine historians and astronomers, and gives extra information at the nature of an access and a few precis facts at the content material of entries. This new reference presents biographical info on astronomers and cosmologists by using modern ancient scholarship. person entries range from a hundred to 1500 phrases, together with the likes of the superluminaries akin to Newton and Einstein, in addition to lesser-known astronomers like Galileo’s acolyte, Mario Guiducci. A finished contributor index is helping researchers to spot the authors of vital clinical themes and treatises.
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An electronic version of Poggendorff ’s work is now available in database format. It reportedly contains entries for some 29,000 scientists from ancient to modern times. The electronic edition (DVD) is under the auspices of Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig. See Appendix for bibliographic details. 63 George Sarton. Introduction to the History of Science. , Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins, 1927–1948. 64 Pierre Duhem. Le système du monde, Histoire des doctrines cosmologiques de Platon à Copernic.
By design, it also served as a chronological list of astronomers. At the end of his book, Lalande provided a concise “history of astronomy” (1781–1802), in effect, a calendar of astronomical events and activities similar to the annual publications of the Académie des sciences. A similar model was adopted by G. Bigourdan in publishing the work of A-G Pingré (see below). 58 But organizational approaches to historical writing were changing. 59 As the title suggests, Smith used history to explore the roots of human progress.
2 Vols. , Rotterdam, 1720), edited by Prosper Marchand; and a ninth edition in 10 Volumes appearing shortly thereafter. , London, 1734–1740). C. Gottsched. It is widely reported that Bayle undertook his Dictionnaire due to unacceptable errors and omissions found in Moréri. Later editions of Moréri show a remarkable level of scholarship. 40 In his Preliminary Discourse to the Encyclopedia of Diderot (1751) d’Alembert rehearsed the “traditional litany” of heroes from the scientific revolution (traditionally Copernicus to Newton) explaining how “a few great men … prepared from afar the light which gradually, by imperceptible degrees, would illuminate the world” (Ed.
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