Eratosthenes and Measurement
A biographical account of the life of Greek scholar Eratosthenes and his many contributions to the sciences.
# 88582 | 1,350 words | 3 sources | 2006 |
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Archaeology (Ancient History and Mediterranean) , History (Greek and Roman) , Geography (General) , Astronomy (General) , Mathematics (General)
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This six page paper looks closely at the ancient and historical figure of Eratosthenes, who died around 195 BC. He made many significant contributions to the fields of science, mathematics, astronomy, geography, and many others. His discovery of the diameter of the earth has been proven to be highly accurate today. As thus, his work is of lasting importance.
From the Paper:"Eratosthenes, a Greek scholar from about 276-195 B.C, is remembered chiefly for his scientific measurements of the earth's circumference. His work, albeit somewhat unacknowledged by his contemporaries, resulted in fantastic scientific experiments which are comparably accurate even today. By looking briefly at his biography, and then the results of his experiments, Eratosthenes will be shown to be both a highly important as well as a highly innovative thinker of his age, regardless of how he was considered at the time of his life work. Born in North Africa, Cyrene, Eratosthenes spent much of his educational time in Athens. In Athens he received the education..."
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