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1126 – Ibn Rushd (Averroes)

Abu al-Walid Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Rushd (known as Averroes in western culture) was born in 1126 in Cordoba, Spain. He was known for integrating the philosophy of Aristotle with the Islamic philosophy of his culture and time. He accepted that religion and philosophy often seemed to contradict each other and taught that there were […]

0598 – Brahmagupta – bio

Born in 0598 in the region of north western India currently known as Rajasthan, Brahmagupta is best known as the first mathematician to establish rules for working with the number “zero” as a quantity instead of a placeholder or a lack of quantity. He made one of the first documented attempts to use the principles […]

0476 – Aryabhata – bio

Born in the Assak region of central India around 476, Aryabhata was an Indian mathematician and astronomer who wrote a text in Sanskrit that is known as the Aryabhatiya. It was written in poetic verse and is a compilation of Indian knowledge of astronomy and mathematics at the time. Through this text, Aryabhata became the father […]

0078 – Zhang Heng – bio

Born in 78 in the province of Yuzhou (now known as Henan) of the Han dynasty in China, Zhang Heng was known as a scientist, mathematician, engineer, astronomer, painter and more. He became the chief astrologer to the emperor, An-Ti. He created a rotating globe that was a map of the sky and constellations. He […]

1170 – Robert Grosseteste – bio

Born around 1170 in Suffolk, England, Robert Grosseteste was a student of many subjects who became a bishop in the Church of England. He was proficient in the Greek language, translating many works into Latin. He performed experiments with light and mirrors and made lenses from bowls filled with water to study refraction. His investigation […]

timeline of the University of Padua

1222 – earliest document mentioning Padua University 1401 – Nicholas of Cusa received a doctorate of religious law in 1423 at Padua University and became influential in the beginning of the renaissance period. 1473 – Copernicus received a doctorate of religious law in 1503 at Padua University. His most famous work, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium […]

The Universe and Us

We are the Universe – [youtube.com] So when I look up at the night sky, and I know that yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look […]

History of the Telescope

The video below offers an introduction to the history of the telescope. Below the video is a link to a timeline of the telescope and related events in history. Amazing History of the Telescope – [youtube.com] 1608 – telescope – [hackingtheuniverse.com] Hans Lippershey, a Dutch lensmaker has been given primary credit for making the first […]

The Greatest Scientists

-0575 Pythagoras – pythagorean theorem, mathematical ratios, geometrical harmonies – subsequent: Euclid, Llul -0325 – Euclid – encyclopedia of geometry – subsequent: Eratosthenes, Apollonius, Heron, Theon, Hypatia, ibn Sina, Omar Khayyam, Mersenne, Non-Euclidean geometry -0287 Archimedes – screw pump, buoyancy from displacement, three dimensional geometry, spirals, mathematical exhaustion technique – subsequent: al-Jazari, Fontana/Tartaglia, Mersenne, Descartes, […]

Hypernova Core Collapse and Gamma Ray Bursts

When a star exhausts the supply of hydrogen that fuels the fire of fusion, the balance between the crush of gravity and the force of the fire fades, and the star begins to collapse. Depending upon conditions, the outcome of the collapse may vary; from a neutron star, to a black hole, or a supernova. […]