## Histories of Scientific InsightsHistories of Scientific Insights is a walk through time, from the birth of civilization to the present, looking at key discoveries, detailing the people and the context of those discoveries. The focus is on concepts we use daily about which we wonder occasionally where they came from. |

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### Contents

THE DISTANCE TO THE STARS | 15 |

THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE | 36 |

ASTROLOGY | 50 |

SUMERIAN CALENDAR | 63 |

UNITS OF MEASUREMENT | 79 |

FORCE POWER AND WORK | 95 |

NICOLAS COPERNICUS 14731543 | 110 |

JOHANNES KEPLER 15711630 | 121 |

WHAT ABOUT FRACTIONS? | 203 |

NUMBER π | 218 |

GOOGOL AND ITS FRIENDS | 231 |

MAGIC SQUARES | 245 |

EUCLID 365 300 BC | 254 |

LEONHARD EULER 17071783 | 269 |

TWODIMENSIONAL LINE? 276 SNOWFLAKES NAPKINS PYRAMIDS | 282 |

SELFSIMILARITY | 300 |

ISAAC NEWTON 1643 1727 | 134 |

ALBERT EINSTEIN 18791955 | 148 |

IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE NUMBER | 163 |

ROMAN NUMERALS | 177 |

ABOUT NUMBERS | 190 |

MATHEMATICS AND FINE ART | 315 |

GOLDEN SECTION IN NATURE | 330 |

PYTHAGOREAN GEOMETRY | 346 |

LEONARDO FIBONACCI LEONARDO PISANO 11751250 | 364 |

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