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 useful source for historians and astronomers alike. It contains approx. 1850 biographical sketches on astronomers from antiquity to trendy occasions. it's the collective paintings of 430 authors edited by way of a piece of writing board of eight historians and astronomers. This reference presents biographical info on astronomers and cosmologists by using modern historic scholarship. The absolutely corrected and up to date moment version provides nearly three hundred biographical sketches. in accordance with ongoing learn and suggestions from the neighborhood, the recent entries will fill gaps and supply expansions. additionally, better emphasis on Russo mobile astronomers and radio astronomers is given. person entries fluctuate from a hundred to 1500 phrases, together with the likes of the tremendous luminaries comparable to Newton and Einstein, in addition to lesser-known astronomers like Galileo's acolyte, Mario Guiducci.
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25 Engaged in the great debate over the Ptolemaic, Tychonic, and Copernican world systems, Riccioli used history to tip the scales in favor of an Earth-centered model. A Jesuit by training, Riccioli published his two-volume work in defense of charges leveled against Galileo Galilei (1616 and 1633). 27 Working old arguments into a new narrative, Riccioli used history and biography in what amounted to a Copernican counter-reformation. Riccioli’s collective biography contains some 400 astronomers from Antiquity to his own age.
Following a historical narrative, Riccioli offers a chronological outline of astronomy (xxvi–xxviii) followed by an alphabetical list of over 400 astronomers (xxviii–xlvii). Entry length varies from a few lines to nearly a full page in the case of Tycho Brahe. Though long and often laborious (over 1,500 pages), Riccioli’s volumes provide one of the best introductions to the history of astronomy up to his time. Technically skilled and historically inclined, Riccioli provides useful perspectives on contemporary authors, including Copernicus, Brahe, Longomontanus, Kepler, Galilei, Boulliau, and others.
Me´moires pour servir a` l’histoire des hommes dans la Re´publique des Lettres (1729–1745, Paris). 35 Louis More´ri. ). 37 The success of More´ri’s work was followed by an avalanche of encyclopedias and dictionaries that constituted an intellectual movement in itself. , Rotterdam, 1697) of Pierre Bayle (1647–1706). 39 Praised for its topical articles (particularly on reforming religion, philosophy, and politics), Bayle’s Dictionnaire was less comprehensive than More´ri, and while prone to philosophical polemics, its inﬂuence was immense.
Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers by Marvin Bolt, JoAnn Palmeri, Thomas Hockey, Virginia Trimble, Thomas Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard Jarrell, Jordan D. Marché, F. Jamil Ragep