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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 important source for historians and astronomers alike. the 2 volumes contain nearly 1550 biographical sketches on astronomers from antiquity to fashionable 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 data at the content material of entries. This new reference offers biographical details on astronomers and cosmologists by using modern ancient scholarship. person entries differ 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 clinical issues and treatises.

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The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers is a special and priceless source for historians and astronomers alike. the 2 volumes contain nearly 1550 biographical sketches on astronomers from antiquity to trendy instances. it's the collective paintings of approximately four hundred authors edited by means of a piece of writing board of nine historians and astronomers, and gives extra info at the nature of an access and a few precis facts at the content material of entries.

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In more than one instance, the editor of Peiresc’s letters, Tamizey de Larroque, combined various versions of letters (originals, drafts, copies) in a well-meaning effort to provide a more complete text—but alas, without alerting the reader. ” 71 The DSB was “designed to make available reliable information on the history of science through the medium of articles on the professional lives of scientists. ” (Preface). DSB entries are signed and usually include a bibliography; geographical coverage is international, although China, India, and the Far East are not treated as extensively as others.

In the end, most readers recognize that biography can be honest without telling the whole truth. Modern Collective Biography A biography should either be as long as Boswell’s or as short as Aubrey’s. ” Since the time of Aristotle, authors have taken pains to record the efforts of predecessors (if only to show how misguided their views) just as modern authors have summoned ancient authors to support new theories. Applied to astronomy, an important assumption of collective biography is that “astronomy” is not only a body of knowledge but a body of people.

Those who write “science biography” often aim to show how scientists go about their business, how ideas and theories emerge, and how life and work make a coherent whole. In the end, most readers recognize that biography can be honest without telling the whole truth. Modern Collective Biography A biography should either be as long as Boswell’s or as short as Aubrey’s. ” Since the time of Aristotle, authors have taken pains to record the efforts of predecessors (if only to show how misguided their views) just as modern authors have summoned ancient authors to support new theories.

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