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 useful source for historians and astronomers alike. the 2 volumes comprise nearly 1550 biographical sketches on astronomers from antiquity to fashionable instances. it's the collective paintings of approximately four hundred authors edited by means of an article board of nine historians and astronomers, and gives extra information at the nature of an access and a few precis data at the content material of entries. This new reference offers biographical details on astronomers and cosmologists through the use of modern historic 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 accomplished contributor index is helping researchers to spot the authors of significant medical subject matters and treatises.
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Stefan Collini, in “Our Island Story,” London Review of Books, Vol. ’ ” 52 Though widely discussed in recent decades, the advent of electronic texts and powerful search potential continue to change the scholarly landscape. After several minutes searching all the entries in the ODNB, I present the following purposely mixed findings: From 50,000 individuals, 3,267 are linked with science; within the entire ODNB, the word revolutionary appears 1,380 times; child prodigy 39 times; intellectually brilliant 7 times; arrogant 307 times; and quite mad 3 times.
In France, Philippe Tamizey de Larroque, editor of the Lettres of N-C Fabri de Peiresc, was a enthusiastic but unrepentant promoter of his hero, the glory of Provence. 69 As an example, Johannes Kepler has two major editions dedicated to his work. Christian Frisch edited the first major edition, Joannis Kepleri opera omnia 8 Vols. , Munich, 1938–). The differences are notable. As an example, Frisch presents Kepler’s letters unsystematically, sometimes appended to various parts of his relevant published works.
Hall suggests the problem with earlier approaches was that the “mythical Newton, a new Adam born on Christmas Day and nourished by an apple from the tree of knowledge, came to obscure the real man who had worked in dynamics, astronomy, and optics” (p. xii). A number of important studies continue to appear. Although the biographical tradition surrounding Newton is longstanding, it shares important similarities with subsequent biographic traditions associated with Charles Sigmund Albert, Darwin, Freud, and Einstein.