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View Resource The Round Earth and Christopher Columbus

This web page, created by David P. Stern, describes observations that show the earth is a sphere and the history of these observations. The round shape of the Earth may be inferred from the existence of a horizon at sea. Ancient Greeks deduced it from the shape of the Earth's shadow when the Moon is eclipsed and from stars visible only in southern countries. Eratosthenes accurately estimated the...

View Resource History and Philosophy of Western Astronomy

Authored by Nick Strobel, these web pages give a brief history of the imporatant figures associated with shaping Astronomical thought into what it is today. It covers the work and discoveries of the ancient Greeks, Ptomely, Copernicus, Galileo, Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, and others. This is a part of Astronomy notes, an educational resource for introductory undergraduate astronomy classes.

View Resource Cosmic Journey: A History of Scientific Cosmology

Understanding the universe and space in all its complexity has consumed the passions of many people over the millennia. With an interest in bringing material from the world of scientific cosmology to the web-browsing public, the American Institute of Physics and the Center for History of Physics have created this website. The site is divided into two primary areas, titled "Ideas" and "Tools". In...

View Resource The Old Astronomy

This series of webpages is part of a course, called Astronomy 161: The Solar System, offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Tennessee. This section covers the view of the universe that astronomers held up to 500 years ago, including: the apparent motion of the planets (such as retrograde motion) on the celestial sphere; the universe of Ptolemy and Aristotle,...

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