Eratosthenes and the Ancient Quest to Measure the Globe

Book - 2008
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This book examines the techniques used by Eratosthenes, an ancient Greek, who came up with a calculation to measure the circumference of Earth during an era when measuring distance was uncommon.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312372477
Call Number: 526.1092 N513c
Characteristics: xi, 223 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm


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BeccaBB Nov 01, 2012

This is a very readable account of the times of Eratosthenes. It is filled with a lot of information, not just about Eratosthenes but about the times and the state of science. I sometimes don’t read the preface but this time I’m glad I did. It gave me some insight into how the author approached the topic that I thought it was useful to have. Even though I did find all the information I was reading interesting I did start to wonder when Eratosthenes was going to show up in this book but when he did it became apparent why all the information that came before was necessary. It sets the stage for the feat that Eratosthenes accomplishes. And understanding the world around him and having him firmly placed in a well-defined setting helps you to understand Eratosthenes better. You get to see how Eratosthenes went against convention and popular thought in his pursuit of science and how he was an original thinker in a lot of ways. And you see the impact of his work on those that came after him. Not much in known about Eratosthenes but Nicastro manages to give the reader a wonderful idea of who the man was and why he has been remembered through history.


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