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January 27, 2015

Following Alexander Bache’s Dream and His Example

“Scientists who made a difference” series Earlier this month, Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey and I attended a meeting at the headquarters of The Nature Conservancy in Arlington, Virginia, which is located just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. We were there to discuss what will happen next after the Mississippi watershed report card is […]

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August 7, 2014

The poetry and art of Isaac Newton

‘Scientists who made a difference’ series This blog accompanying the biographical sketch of Isaac Newton looks at a selection of his writing as poetry and a selection of his scientific sketches as art. The ‘Poetry” uses Newton’s exact words (translated into English from the Latin text) in prose form to focus on the cadence and […]

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August 5, 2014

Isaac Newton: a solitary genius 

‘Scientists who made a difference’ series Isaac Newton was born in 1642, the same year that Galileo Galilei died. He was born in a modest farmhouse in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, just north of London. His father died before he was born and his mother remarried when Isaac was three years old and she left him to be […]

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May 1, 2014

The poetry and art of Johannes Kepler

‘Scientists who made a difference‘ series This blog accompanying the biographical sketch of Johannes Kepler looks at a selection of his writing as poetry and a selection of his scientific sketches as art. The ‘Poetry’ use Kepler’s exact words (translated into English) in prose form, using the title ‘Absolutely Settled’ to focus on the cadence […]

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April 29, 2014

Johannes Kepler: an astronomer

‘Scientists who made a difference‘ series Johannes Kepler was a German Lutheran astronomer who created laws for planetary motion, developed an important improvements for telescopes, and laid the foundations for Newtonian physics. Kepler was born near Stuttgart, Germany in 1571. Johannes and his two older brothers and sister were raised by their mother, as their […]

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March 13, 2014

The poetry and art of Alexander von Humboldt

‘Scientists who made a difference‘ series This blog accompanies the biographical sketch of Alexander von Humboldt that Bill Nuttle recently posted provides a selection of his writings as poetry and one of his scientific sketches as art. The ‘Poetry’ uses von Humboldt’s exact words (translated from German) in prose form to focus on cadence and […]

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February 13, 2014

The poetry and art of Galileo Galilei

‘Scientists who made a difference‘ series This blog accompanying the biographical sketch of Galileo Galilei looks at a selection of his writing as poetry and a selection of his scientific sketches as art. The ‘Poetry’ uses Galileo’s exact words (translated into English) in prose form, using the title ‘The Greatest Astonishment’ to focus on the […]

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February 11, 2014

Galileo Galilei: an experimental, observational and theoretical scientist who communicated effectively

‘Scientists who made a difference‘ series Galileo Galilei, like modern rock stars, is commonly known by only his first name. Galileo was friends with the Pope and many influential Europeans, taught at several universities, invented scientific equipment including the telescope and authored widely read books. He was born in 1564 in Pisa, Italy, a few […]

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January 16, 2014

The poetry and art of Nicholas Copernicus

‘Scientists Who Made a Difference‘ series This blog accompanying the biographical sketch of Nicholas Copernicus looks at a selection of his writing as poetry and a selection of his scientific sketches as art. The ‘Poetry’ uses Copernicus’ exact words (translated into English) in prose form, using the title ‘The Earth Moves’ to focus on the […]

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January 14, 2014

Nicholas Copernicus and the Copernican Revolution

‘Scientists Who Made a Difference‘ series Nicholas Copernicus was an interesting renaissance man who overcame the existing paradigm placing earth in the center of the solar system to the new paradigm of a heliocentric view that earth and the planets revolved around the sun. This perspective led to the Copernican revolution which occurred after Copernicus […]

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