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The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers is a different and useful source for historians and astronomers alike. the 2 volumes contain nearly 1550 biographical sketches on astronomers from antiquity to fashionable 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 offers extra info at the nature of an access and a few precis information at the content material of entries. This new reference presents biographical info on astronomers and cosmologists through the use of modern old scholarship.
Individual entries range from a hundred to 1500 phrases, together with the likes of the superluminaries similar to Newton and Einstein, in addition to lesser-known astronomers like Galileo's acolyte, Mario Guiducci.
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