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Pierre-Simon Laplace

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Pierre-Simon Marquis de Laplace is a French mathematician recognized for his contributions in astronomy and statistics. Laplace is the proponent behind the “Mecanique Celeste (Celestial Mechanics)” during the mid-18th century. Laplace was born in March 23, 1749 to Pierre Laplace and Marie-Anne Sochon. His family became prominent in France because to their involvement in agriculture […]

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Joseph-Louis Lagrange

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Joseph-Louis Lagrange is a French astronomer and mathematician who became famous around the world for his compilation of observations called the “Mechanique Analytique (Mechanical Analytics)” during the 17th century.

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Johann Elert Bode

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Johann Elert Bode is one of the greatest German astronomers famous for his “Titus-Bode Law” that became significant in determining the orbit from Uranus. Bode was born in Hamburg. His father, Johann Jakob Bode, worked as a merchant. During his childhood years, he suffered from an eye disease that caused blindness in his right eye. […]

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Giuseppe Piazzi

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Guiseppe Piazzi is an Italian astronomer, mathematician and priest. Piazzi is famous for his “Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo” or “Palermo Astronomical Observatory” in Italy. Piazzi was born in the rural town of Ponte Valtellina, Italy on July 16, 1746. However, his childhood years are not revealed.

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Archimedes

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Archimedes was the greatest scientist, mathematician, and astronomer of Ancient Greece. Among the credits under his name were the identification of the value of the pi and the creation of a system that provided the foundations of the mathematical branch that is now called integral calculus. Archimedes also pioneered the concept called the Archimedes’ Principle. […]

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Urbain Le Verrier

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Urban Jean Joseph Le Verrier discovered the planet Neptune with a mere stroke of his pen and many scribbles mostly based on the laws of gravity theorized by Isaac Newton. Urban Le Verrier, a French mathematician found himself shifting his interest from chemistry to the study of astronomy, particularly the science of celestial mechanics. He […]

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Edward Charles Pickering

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Edward Charles Pickering made significant contributions to the field of astronomy. His legacy is quite valuable that heavenly bodies have been named after him, among them a minor planet called Pickeringia. Pickering was born in Boston and educated at Harvard University’s Lawrence Scientific School. His scientific endeavor included physics, and this made him a brilliant […]

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Pythagoras

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Pythagoras lived between 569-475 BC. He holds the distinction of being the first “pure mathematician.” It is unfortunate that no writings of Pythagoras have survived (although it is uncertain if he did ever write any), but he made very significant contributions in the development of mathematics. Pythagoras was a mathematician, but he was also equally […]

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Hypatia

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Hypatia is unique among many ancient scholars and philosophers, she was a woman. But her gender is not her sole claim to fame. She was a great teacher, scholar, mathematician, philosopher, scientist, and compiler and preserver of important scientific writings. Hypatia was born in 370 AD in the center of learning that was Alexandria, Egypt. […]

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