Measuring the Earth: Eratosthenes and His Celestial Geometry

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Enslow Publishing, LLC, Jul 1, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 128 pages
This biography introduces Eratosthenes whose mathematical approach opened new ways to describe and understand the world. Using mathematics to study the earth, Eratosthenes broke new ground. In his monumental three-volume Geographica, he took a global view of the world. With its title, he coined a new word, geography. His work in chronology, theater criticism, and as director of the Alexandrian library were among the Greeks' valuable contributions to Western learning.
 

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This book focuses on the life and times of Eratosthenes, one of the ancient Greek mathematicians. It chronicles his growth from Cyrene, his childhood city to the Library of Alexandria. The reading ... Read full review

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Boring, Hard to follow.

Contents

Pentathlos
5
Boy From Cyrene
17
Alexandria
27
Measuring the Earth
47
Geography
62
Mathematician
76
Time Poems Plays a i
90
Legacy
102
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Mary Gow is fascinated by the history of science and the remarkable people whose discoveries and research have shaped it. Some of her previous works for Enslow Publishers, Inc., include books on Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, and Robert Boyle.

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