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 helpful 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 through an article board of nine historians and astronomers, and gives extra info at the nature of an access and a few precis records at the content material of entries. This new reference presents biographical info on astronomers and cosmologists by using modern old 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 medical issues and treatises.
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62 Johann Christian Poggendorff (1796–1877), Professor at the University of Berlin (1834), served as editor of Annalen der Physik und Chemie (1824–1877) and was a member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences (1839). Poggendorff ’s work first appeared in two volumes (1863) and gradually expanded into seven parts (“Band I” to “Band VII,” 1863–1992; Part 8 was begun in 1999). Poggendorff is particularly strong for the physical sciences—astronomers, mathematicians, physicists, chemists, mineralogists, geologists, naturalists, and physicians.
Eds. R. Latham and W. Matthews, 1970–1983); and The Diary of John Evelyn, 6 Vols. (Ed. S. de Beer, 1955–). Publication of personal and scholarly letters began in the 17th century. Early efforts include the letters of N-C Fabri de Peiresc, Galileo Galilei, Johannes Hevelius, and René Descartes, among others. 14 Thomas Sprat. The History of the Royal-Society of London, for the Improving of Natural Knowledge. London, 1667. Sprat’s polemic for the New Science is thematic, philosophical, and passionate.
22 The distinction between biography and history is a modern development. Although both share a common ancestor—and a strong family resemblance—each has a distinct physiognomy. To overstate a difference, biography stems from the belief that history is made by human beings, not by abstract ideas or impersonal forces. Equally overstated, history emphasizes the view that larger themes, trends, and movements account for change. In brief, if biography is a solo instrument, history is an orchestra. The limits of either perspective (assuming such distinctions can be sustained) are clear.
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