Galileo Galilei: Great Astronomers

Galileo Galilei: Great Astronomers

by Robert Stawell Ball

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Overview

Galileo Galilei (15 February 1564 - 8 January 1642) was an Italian polymath: astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician.
He played a major role in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. His contributions to observational astronomy include the telescopic confirmation of the phases of Venus, the discovery of the four largest satellites of Jupiter (named the Galilean moons in his honour), and the observation and analysis of sunspots. Galileo also worked in applied science and technology, inventing an improved military compass and other instruments.

He has been called the "father of observational astronomy", the "father of modern physics", the "father of scientific method", and the "father of science".

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781988357348
Publisher: DIAMOND PUBLISHERS
Publication date: 03/21/2017
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Sir Robert Stawell Ball FRS (July 1, 1840 - November 25, 1913) was an Irish astronomer who founded the screw theory.
He was the son of naturalist Robert Ball and Amelia Gresley Hellicar. He was born in Dublin.
Ball worked for Lord Rosse from 1865 to 1867. In 1867 he became Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Royal College of Science in Dublin. There he lectured on mechanics and published an elementary account of the science.
In 1874 Ball was appointed Royal Astronomer of Ireland and Andrews Professor of Astronomy in the University of Dublin at Dunsink Observatory.
In 1908 he published A Treatise on Spherical Astronomy, which is a textbook on astronomy starting from spherical trigonometry and the celestial sphere, considering atmospheric refraction and aberration of light, and introducing basic use of a generalised instrument.

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