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The Resource Thomas Harriot : a life in science, Robyn Arianrhod

Thomas Harriot : a life in science, Robyn Arianrhod

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Thomas Harriot : a life in science
Title
Thomas Harriot
Title remainder
a life in science
Statement of responsibility
Robyn Arianrhod
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Thomas Harriot (1560-1621) was a pioneer in both the figurative and literal sense. Navigational adviser and loyal friend to Sir Walter Ralegh, Harriot took part in the first expedition to colonize Virginia. Not only was he responsible for getting Ralegh's ships safely to harbor in the New World, once there he became the first European to acquire a working knowledge of an indigenous language (he also began a lifelong love of tobacco, which may have been his undoing). Harriot's abilities were seemingly unlimited and nearly awe-inspiring. He was the first to use a telescope to map the moon's craters, and, independently of Galileo, discovered and recorded sunspots. He preceded Newton (whose fame eclipsed his) in his discovery of the properties of the prism.Though his thinking depended on a more natural, intuitive approach than those who followed him, Harriot laid the foundations of what in Newton's time would become modern physics. Robyn Arianrhod's biography offers the human face of scientific discovery, a lived example of the way in which science actually progresses."--
Summary
As Robyn Arianrhod shows in this new biography, the most complete to date, Thomas Harriot was a pioneer in both the figurative and literal sense. Indeed many have argued that Harriot was the best mathematician of his age, and one of the finest experimental scientists of all time. Yet he has remained an elusive figure. He had no close family to pass down records, and few of his letters survive. Most importantly, he never published his scientific discoveries, and not long after his death in 1621 had all but been forgotten. Using Harriot's re-discovered manuscripts, Arianrhod illuminates the full extent of his scientific and cultural achievements, expertly guiding us through what makes them original and important, and the story behind them
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
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10778741
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DLC
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Arianrhod, Robyn
Dewey number
509.2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q143.H36
LC item number
A75 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Harriot, Thomas
  • Scientists
  • Explorers
  • Virginia
Target audience
adult
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a life in science
Label
Thomas Harriot : a life in science, Robyn Arianrhod
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-352) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2018024943
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 361 pages
Isbn
9780190271855
Lccn
2018024943
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1043305708
Label
Thomas Harriot : a life in science, Robyn Arianrhod
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-352) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2018024943
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 361 pages
Isbn
9780190271855
Lccn
2018024943
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1043305708

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