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Hipparchus, Menelaus, Ptolemy and Greek Trigonometry - Hipparchus of Nicaea (c. 190 – c. 120 B.C.) was a Greek astronomer, geographer, and mathematician of the Hellenistic period. Many credit him as the founder of trigonometry. Hipparchus was born in Nicaea, Bithynia (now Iznik, Turkey) and most likely died on the island of Rhodes. He flourished during 162 to 127 B.C. as a working astronomer and is considered by many to be the greatest ancient astronomical observer and, by some, the greatest overall astronomer of antiquity. Utilizing the observations and mathematical techniques accumulated over the centuries by the Babylonians and other Mesopotamians, he was the first person whose quantitative and accurate models for the motion of the Sun and Mo...   [tags: Mathematics, astronomy, circle,triangle]
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Ptolemy of Alexandria, the Influential Astronomer - Ptolemy of Alexandria, the Influential Astronomer Ptolemy of Alexandria was the most influential astronomer of the ancient world. The books and theories Ptolemy developed served as a major basis for future astronomers. It was during the Renaissance period that his work became thoroughly studied and revised. Ptolemy collected all ancient knowledge of astronomy and geography including it in his book Almagest around 140 A.D. It follows, he then wrote a four volume astrological study known as the Tretrabiblos....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays] 520 words
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Ptolemy’s Astronomy - Greek mathematics began during the 6th century B.C.E. However, we do not know much about why people did mathematics during that time. There are no records of mathematicians’ thoughts about their work, their goals, or their methods (Hodgkin, 40). Regardless of the motivation for pursuing mathematical astronomy, we see some impressive mathematical books written by Hippocrates, Plato, Eudoxus, Euclid, Archimedes, Apollonius, Hipparchus, Heron and Ptolemy. I will argue that Ptolemy was the most integral part of the history of Greek astronomy....   [tags: Greek Mathematics, Culture]
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The Functions of Geography Throughout the Time Periods of History - Geography is the one discipline that throughout history has served many functions. Function like where to get resources, take a trip., find new places and function its served during different eras throughout history Furthermore three of geography most important function thought out history is the purposes it served during the eras of Roman, Greek, Chinese, Islamic and early modern Europe. The important purposes of geography through these ages and the benefit geography got from European Imperialism....   [tags: topography, ptolemy, greeks, romans]
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A Brief History of Clocks: From Thales to Ptolemy - A Brief History of Clocks: From Thales to Ptolemy The clock is one of the most influential discoveries in the history of western science. The division of time into regular, predictable units is fundamental to the operation of society. Even in ancient times, humanity recognized the necessity of an orderly system of chronology. Hesiod, writing in the 8th century BC., used celestial bodies to indicate agricultural cycles: "When the Pleiads, Atlas' daughters, start to rise begin your harvest; plough when they go down" ( Hesiod 71)....   [tags: Expository Essays Research Papers] 2924 words
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The Search For Cleopatra by Michael Foss - Ancient times are known for having ruling emperors and barbaric men. There are millions of stories and books about the conquerers and the soldiers who fought bravely in their successes. But, what about women in ancient times. Did they sit around and take care of children while they waited for their men to return home. There is one women in the ancient world who captivated the men of her time and is still admired today for her beauty. In The Search For Cleopatra, Michael Foss tells the story of Cleopatra VII....   [tags: ptolomy, greek origns, emperors]
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The Life of Cleopatra VII - “Cleopatra’s begin in 332 BC, hundreds of years before her birth” (Wright 1). A very powerful leader, Alexander the Great of Macedon, marched an enormous army of Greeks east to Egypt. Alexander the Great freed the Egyptian people from the Parathions, people who owned them. Alexander built a city in the Nile, which he named after himself, Alexander. When he died, a Greek general named Ptolemy became king of Egypt. The Ptolemy’s served under Alexander the Great. Alexander the Greats’ kingdom was eclipsed by the power of Rome....   [tags: politics, romance, pharaoh] 635 words
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The Big Bang Theory and Christian Cosmology - To more fully understand the Big Bang theory and the evidence on which it progressed from, an overview of its earlier development over many centuries is needed. Present day ideas concerning the Big Bang theory can be seen as having first originated within modern European science. However before these ideas were developed, most explanations concerning the origins of the universe were based on religious themes and concepts, the primary tradition being Christianity. These Christian origin stories explain the appearance of the universe as being the work of an all powerful and omnipresent God....   [tags: bible, ptolome, universe] 1052 words
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Cleopatra: The Cunning and Skilled Queen of Egypt - Cleopatra: was she a cunning and skilled queen to Egypt who made a few small yet fatal mistakes, or was she a conniving ruler whose corrupt actions dragged her and her kingdom down to defeat. Although some current sources suggest she was quite popular with her people, over the years, Cleopatra’s status as a good queen has been questioned and reconsidered countless times. Due to the war she caused between Antony and Octavian, many people today wonder whether Cleopatra can really be considered a great ruler, because the war was what led to Egypt becoming one of the Roman Empire’s provinces....   [tags: ancient civilization rulers]
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The Reign of Cleopatra - Cleopatra VII was the last Pharaoh of Egypt. Cleopatra reigned over Egypt in 51BC after the death of her father Ptolemy XII Auletes. Cleopatra’s mother was Cleopatra VI and she came to power at the age of 17. Cleopatra ruled over Egypt with her two brothers Ptolemy XIII and Ptolemy VIX and her son Ptolemy XV Caesar. She was born in 69 BC in Alexandria and ruled from 51 BC to 30 BC. Cleopatra was Macedonian, but even though her ancestry was Macedonian, she was still an Egyptian queen and worshipped as a god....   [tags: Ancient History] 1856 words
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The Power of Cleopatra - ... Ptolemy XIII discovered this and declared war on Caesar. Caesar overpowered Ptolemy XIII’s army and Ptolemy XIII drowned in the Nile River while trying to escape. (Cleopatra: The Woman…”) After Ptolemy XIII’s death, Caesar restored Cleopatra and Ptolemy XIV, her youngest brother, as rulers of Egypt. In 47 B.C., Cleopatra gave birth to a child that was believed to be Caesar’s. The child was Ptolemy XV Philopator Philometor Caesar, but was known to the Egyptian people as Caesarion, which means “Little Caesar.” In 46 to 45 B.C....   [tags: julius caesar and mark antony]
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The Last Queen of Egypt Cleopatra - ‘The Last Queen of Egypt’ Cleopatra Cleopatra was born during a time dominated by men, but she overcame her stereotype by becoming one of Egypt’s most successful leaders. The most notable thing about Cleopatra was not that she was just a successful ruler, but rather that she was the most influential woman of her time. Cleopatra’s Father, Ptolemy XII was the seventh Pharaoh in a line of unmemorable Ptolemaic rulers. Because of her father, she was exposed to royalty at an early age. This affected her decisions, as she always put Egypt before herself....   [tags: Ancient Egypt ] 1080 words
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Alexander the Great and his Great Empire - Alexander the Great is remembered as a conquering man who built one of the largest empires. Some describe him as a man with a vision of world harmony. Others see him as a blood thirsty man with a mental illness. One thing that cannot be argued is that he and his empire are fascinating studies. From his rise to power to his mysterious death is interesting, but even after he died the story is fascinating. Due to his death, his empire was divided and a long power-struggle began starting with his generals....   [tags: biography, world history]
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What Ultimately Made Cleopatra Attractive? - CHARACTER Cleopatra was regarded as a great beauty. What ultimately made Cleopatra attractive were her wit, charm, and “sweetness in the tone of her voice”. “For she was a women of surpassing beauty” (Cassius Dio). When she was in the prime of her youth, she was most striking. She possessed a most charming voice and knowledge of how to make herself agreeable to everyone. She was brilliant, and knew how to use her beauty to influence the most powerful men in the western world. ASCENSION TO THE THRONE Cleopatra was the daughter of Ptolemy XII who was pharaoh until he was killed....   [tags: wit, charm, beauty] 694 words
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“The Rise and Fall of the Ancient Library at Alexandria” - The ancient Library of Alexandria is acknowledged as the capital of education in the ancient world, the vanished library was not the initial library in the world; however, it stands out because of its legacy. It lasted over six centuries, and was the globe’s first research center. Her founders were Alexander the Great and Ptolemy II Soter, but it was organized by Aristotle’s student Demetrius of Phaleron. The library was abundance with books and scholars from all over the world. Even though the library was confuted and damaged, there are some pieces that have survived like Letter of Aristeas that where possibly a translation of the Hebrew Bible....   [tags: Ancient Greece ]
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The interaction of critical and creative thinking - As part of the course requirements for my SL Physics class, I was assigned the task of conducting numerous experiments relevant to the topics which we were learning about. In these experiments I used different forms of thinking, including critical and creative thinking, in order to form a hypothesis, analyze the data, and then come to a conclusion regarding results and my hypothesis. While knowledge can be formed through the interaction of critical and creative thinking, such as in my physics experiments, the statement given in the title implies that knowledge is solely generated through the interaction of critical and creative thinking....   [tags: Philosophy]
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Cleopatra and Her Relationship with Roman Caesars - ... Suzman says Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra is a horrific story of a formally mighty conqueror who is infatuated with the Queen of Egypt. Antony was so obsessed with Cleopatra and how she led him to his death. (Draycott, 38-44) Suzman said that Cleopatra and Antony had a horrible love story. Schiff tells the story of Cleopatra and Antony very similar to Suzman. However, Cleopatra and Antony’s relationship had its problems. Schiff believed that Antony and Cleopatra had much in common. They were both left out of Caesar’s will....   [tags: world history, ancient Egypt] 571 words
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Cleopatra: A Powerful and Wise Woman - Introduction: Cleopatra VII Philopator was one of the most influential queens of Egypt. She was born around 69 B.C. in Alexandria, Egypt and died 39 years later, around 30 B.C. Cleo was the third daughter of Ptolemy XII, also known as Auletes, "the Piper" (Nardo 12). In order to become a successful queen, she persevered and grew from her father's mistakes. Cleopatra "learned her political lessons by watching the humiliating efforts of her father to maintain himself on the throne of Egypt by buying the support of powerful romans" ("Cleopatra")....   [tags: ancient civilizations, notorious women rulers]
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Why was Cleopatra Famous? - Why was Cleopatra Famous. Known for her love affairs with some of Rome’s most famous leaders, and wanting to be worshipped as a goddess, associating herself with the goddess Isis Cleopatra was a famous powerful queen in Ancient Egypt. Cleopatra was born as Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator to Ptolemy XII and Cleopatra V Tryphaena. She was born in 69 B.C.E in Alexandria, and later died there in 30 B.C.E. Because of the time period in which Cleopatra lived not very much is known of her. In ancient times there was record keeping....   [tags: Ancient civilizations, Rome & Egypt]
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Thomas Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions - The aim of this essay is to provide a summary and critique of Thomas S. Kuhn’s groundbreaking thesis ‘The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.’ This will be done by analyzing his concepts of ‘paradigm’, ‘normal science’ and ‘scientific revolutions.’ Following the overview I will present the example of ‘The Copernican Revolution’ to empirically show a paradigm shift. The rest of the essay is concerned specifically with critically examining Kuhn’s notion of a paradigm and the incommensurability between them....   [tags: Book Review]
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The Life and Death of Cleopatra - The Life and Death of Cleopatra Everyone wonders how Cleopatra gained control of Egypt and what she did while she reigned. Cleopatra ruled during the Ptolemaic Dynasty (BBC). The Ptolemaic rule ended with the death of this impressive woman. In Cleopatra’s lifetime she inherited the throne of Egypt; fell in love with two influential Romans, just to kill herself to escape punishment by Octavian. Cleopatra’s father, King Auteles’, also known as Ptolemy XII or “The Piper” because he could play the flute....   [tags: Egyptology, ancient history]
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Cleopatra´s Influence on Female Leaders - When a person hears the name, Cleopatra, the first thing that comes to mind is a temptress or a seductress. What people often disregard was her influence on Egypt. Cleopatra was well-educated, and because of this, she was very knowledgeable. She was known to be nationalistic and ambitious. Every action she did, was well thought out and for the benefit of Egypt. She was also goal-oriented and confident. She made sure that her plans for her country would be pursued. Lastly, she was recognized for her intellectual and calculating skills....   [tags: leadership, stereotype, Egypt, Roman Empire]
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Early Life of Nicolaus Copernicus - ... He went to college at a college called University of Cracow. where he studied Latin, mathematics, geography, philosophy, and Astronomy, but not the type of astronomy that you would think, it wasn’t really a scientific class in the modern sense. They were mathematics courses that taught Aristotle’s and Ptolemy’s view of the universe so that students, and were also to calculate dates of holy days, and also courses for navigating the stars at sea. In his “Astronomy “ class, they also taught what today we call Astrology....   [tags: astronomer, bologna, catholic church] 844 words
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The Importance of Maps: An Analysis of the Main Techniques Used in Creating an Effective Map - Over thousands of years, maps have developed from two-dimensional cave art depicting the constellations to Christian-centered “T and O” maps depicting Jerusalem at the center of the map, to sophisticated three-dimensional views of earth. According to James S. Aber, a professor of Geology at Emporia State University, the first known maps were made in approximately 2300 B.C. on clay tablets. As time passed philosophers developed more knowledge about Earth, and by the time that Claudius Ptolemaeus, or "Ptolemy," was born people understood the concept of a spherical earth rather than a flat earth....   [tags: Cave Art, Map, History, Cartography]
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The Successes and Struggles in the Reign of King Pyrrhus - Pyrrhus was the king of Epirus and lived from 318 BCE to 272 BCE. He is widely acknowledged as being one of the most brilliant generals of his age. He led his soldiers to many victories, but is most famous for his battles against Rome. Along with being an outstanding general, he was a praised author. His books on the art of war have been quoted and acclaimed by many ancient authors. Despite his many great qualities Pyrrhus was a lousy politician. Many people believe that if he had had better political sense he would have been able to keep control of the land he conquered and his battles against Rome Pyrrhus became king at the age of 12 but was soon dethroned by an uprising in 302 BCE....   [tags: political, victory, war] 732 words
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George Frideric Handel was the Greatest Composer - Frideric Handel was the greatest composer during the Baroque period, one of his famous works was “Julius Caesar” the opera seria. George Frideric Handel was born on February 23, 1685 in Halle, Germany. Handel was known as the greatest composer during the Baroque era. Handel was most famous for the Messiah a English Ontario. This great composer also wrote the great opera seria known as “Julius Caesar” which was performed first in London, England in 1724. The opera seria quickly became popular and was toured in several other cities....   [tags: George Frideric Handel, ] 760 words
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The Hellenistic Era: Thought, Culture, and Religion - Although the Hellenistic Era started with the death of Alexander the Great in 323BCE it is important to explore its beginnings. Both Greek and Oriental philosophies greatly influenced the formation of the Hellenistic Age. The spread of Hellenistic culture and its substantial scientific contributions produced an impact on civilization that is still evident today. One of the most important aspects of the thought, culture, and religion during the Hellenistic Era was its impact on the Jewish culture and religion....   [tags: World History]
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On Diodorus, Book 16, chapter 116. - An account of an omen of the death of Alexander; Diodorus does not give his source in the text, but by comparing the story with that of other authors it may be possible to determine from whom the story came, and by the differing motives of the author and source, for what reason the story came to be. Later in the same chapter there is a possible explanation of the episode, as one of the Companions, a Thessalian by the name of Medius, immediately after a second portent of Alexander’s fate takes him for a drinking session during which Alexander is struck ill and, according to Diodorus, dies shortly after....   [tags: Literature Analysis]
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There is Only One Cleopatra - ... She gave the citizens of Egypt a reason to love their country again and used patriotism to cement this belief. Knowing the language and abiding by Egyptian traditions, Cleopatra became viewed as a benevolent Queen, who won the hearts of many of her followers to secure their allegiance and to build her referent power. Egypt was in ruins after the death of Ptolemy III and their golden age; it faced political instability, fierce drought, anarchy, and the impending invasion of foreign forces. Nevertheless, as this kingdom stood in its fragile state, Cleopatra saw something worth saving....   [tags: pharaoh, egypt, queen] 1054 words
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The Solar System - The universe was once a vast uncharted area; an area of the unknown. People looked up to the sky in wonder and awe, curious as to what was beyond Earth. What were those lights in the sky. Where did they come from. How did they get there. As time has passed, the universe made up of stars and planets has evolved. What we did not know before, we know now, our cosmos has changed immensely, transforming into what we now call our solar system. Before people had the knowledge and technology we have today, the heavenly skies were an area of endless speculation and inspiration....   [tags: Astronomy ]
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The Solar System Fun - Our Place in the Universe Our fascination with the Solar System has preceded astronomical antiquity, in a process of conceptualising the cosmos. Fundamental theories of Ptolemy, Copernicus, Brahé, Kepler, Galileo and Newton, have dominated history, stimulating a constant re-evaluation of the nature of the Solar System. In particular, the theories postulated by Copernicus and Kepler had a fundamental influence on the interpretation of the Solar System through challenging the prevailing orthodoxy of Aristotelian physics; thus paving the way for revolutionary challenges to the medieval worldview to prevail....   [tags: astronomy, history]
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The Astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus - ... For all of you who do not know, a canon is a person in a clergy who works with the Church. He ended up holding on to the job for the rest of his life, even though it was only available to priests. Copernicus was very lucky to have this job because it gave him the chance to fund his studies of the stars. He was only able the study the stars on his own time because his job required a lot of his schedule. In 1496, Copernicus took a leave and travelled to Italy, where he took a class of religious law at the University of Bologna....   [tags: celestial system, planetary system, universe] 1040 words
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The Copernican Revolution and Its Importance According to Thomas S. Kuhn - The Copernican Revolution Planetary Astronomy in the Development of Western Thought by Thomas S. Kuhn, is a book that illustrates the importance between man and the natural world from antiquity to the current date. Thomas Kuhn vividly shows us that the Copernican revolution was not only a revolution of scientific theory, but of religious, and conceptual thought as well. Kuhn states in the opening lines of his book that "The Copernican Revolution was a revolution of ideas, a transformation in man's conception of the universe and his own relation to it." Kuhn aims to show us that the transformation of Aristotle's unique, and immobile centre of the universe, to Copernicus' third rock from the...   [tags: World Literature] 907 words
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The History and Factors Leading to Copernican Revolution - As humans we will always be challenged in our daily lives. When we have a view on something we may have to fight to prove its validity. Some of us may be able to do it on our own but many of us will need a helping hand. Nicolaus Copernicus was this type of man. He developed a theory of a sun centered or heliocentric solar system that went against the current popular belief of an earth centered or geocentric solar system. It took many centuries for the world to accept his theory. Kepler, Galileo and Newton were strong proponents to the Copernican model and continued to advance his research where they later proved that a heliocentric solar system was a correct model....   [tags: ptolome, heliocentric model]
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A Look into Cleopatra’s Early Life Influences - "For Rome, who had never condescended to fear any nation or people, did in her time fear two human beings; one was Hannibal, and the other was a woman" (Lefkowitz and Fant 126). During a time dominated by male rulers, Cleopatra VII Philopator (69 BCE – 31 BCE), the Last Pharaoh of Egypt, stood out among them all. With Egypt’s wealth at her disposal, she was “incomparably richer than anyone else” (Schiff 2). The amount of power a ruler had at the time of Cleopatra’s existence depended highly on the level of financial stability....   [tags: ancient Egyptian monarchs]
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The Ancient Catalogs - 1. The Ancient Catalogs Astronomy was born in the five cradles of civilization, along the Nile Valley in Egypt, the Indus Valley along the western region of the Indian subcontinent, the Chinese city states on the banks of the Yellow River, the ancient regions of Me-soamerica from central Mexico down to the Andean South America and the an-cient city states of Mesopotamia in the fertile crescent. Each of these ancient cul-tures incorporated astronomy into calendar making, religion, mythology, and astrology....   [tags: Astronomy ] 2046 words
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The rising power of women - The queens in the Ptolemaic period of Egypt, demonstrate a level of power and influence in royal women that has not been seen before the Hellenistic Age (323 BCE – 30 BCE). The power of Ptolemaic queens reached level of reverence on par with the pharaoh of Egypt, and the queens not only maintained the direction of the Hellenistic Period, but set the fashion for upper-class Alexandrian women (Pomeroy, 1984, 40). The cult worship of these queens begins with Arsinoe II, and is continued with later queens that adopt the trappings of pharaonic power until the death of Cleopatra VII (30 BCE); these ruler-cults are direct results of the influence of women in this age, and the dynasties need to use...   [tags: Ptolemaic, dynasty, queens, egypt]
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Trigonometry: The Hipparchus Catalogue - ... Hipparchus catalogue was completed in about 129 BC, it had listed about 850 stars. He had spent most of his life in Rhodes in the observatories. Hipparchus was a powerful influence on Claudius Ptolemy who centuries later his works had considerable impact on the development of Western culture. Hipparchus was also one of the most influential astronomers of antiquity, yet very little information available about him still survives. Hipparchus did his studying in Alexandria in 146 BC and in Rhodes near the end of his career in 127 BC and 126 BC....   [tags: motion of the sun and moon] 571 words
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Position Paper Concerning the Use of Biblical Quotations in Matter of Science - Position Paper. “Concerning the Use of Biblical Quotations in Matter of Science” 1) Is Galileo right that Joshua passage cannot be taken literally, and that some interpretation is necessary no matter which system of the world is being considered. Yes. Literal reading of Joshua will bring us to unpleasant consequences. If only Sun’s and Moon’s spheres will be stopped, laws of Ptolemy will be broken (f.ex. relationship between planets and Sun-Earth line). In Copernican Universe, with modern discoveries of Galileo’s, sudden stop of Earth will be at least as destructive as the Deluge....   [tags: essays research papers] 555 words
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Cleopatra - Cleopatra is a name that was given to many Queens who ruled in Egypt. The most famous of these women was Cleopatra VII. She was the daughter of Ptolemy XII, King of Egypt. Cleopatra VII lived from 69-30 B.C. and reigned as queen of Egypt from 51-30 B.C. (Stanly). Cleopatra is said to be far from beautiful, her picture on ancient coins made her look like she had a long hooked nose and masculine features. She is also said to be very seductive with her enchanting musical voice and exuded charisma....   [tags: essays research papers] 1200 words
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THE BEGINNING OF ASTRONOMY - Early races believed that the earth was flat and stationary, with the sky rotating round it once a day. The early races also believed things that sound weird to us today like the Vedic priests of India believed that the earth was supported upon 12 massive pillars and during the hours of darkness the sun travelled between these pillars without hitting them. The Hindu theory sounds even more peculiar as they believed that earth stood on the back of four elephants, which in turn the elephants stood on the shell of a gigantic tortoise, the tortoise however was supported upon a serpent floating in a limitless sea....   [tags: First astronomers] 1236 words
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The Heavens and Earth - The Heavens and Earth Even to the casual observer, using just the ability of the human eye, there is a noticeable order in the manner of the movement of the celestial objects as they travel across the sky. The Sun, Moon, and the stars, all have a discernable pattern to their rising and setting. Upon closer observance, one might notice slight seasonal changes in the relative location on the horizon where the Sun rises and sets. Alternatively, one can notice more drastic variations in the Moon's relative position, the timing of it's appearances, and the variation of the portion of the Moon that is illuminated on any given night....   [tags: Papers] 1442 words
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Cleopatra: The Historical Seductress - The woman, by definition is the nurturer of life. She labors through birth, tends to the needs of her family, and assumes unending responsibilities. And while women have given birth to the ancient and modern day male heroes we've come to glorify to this day, we must remember that some of those same women have also been tremendously influential and invaluable all throughout the depths of history. One such woman is Cleopatra, the temptress whose ambition and seduction both augmented her empire's prestige and brought about her theatrical downfall....   [tags: Biography Biographies Bio] 1338 words
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Copernicus’ Action Packed Life Revealed in Copernicus’ Secret by Jack Repcheck - Copernicus’ Secret is a biography of an astronomer and a cleric who established that the earth was never the center of the cosmos. The author, Jack Repcheck, explores the action-packed last 12 years of Copernicus’s life that altered the track of western history. The main aim of the author is to give a precise in-depth human explanation of the events that led to the scientific revolution. He also tries to bring this scientific genius to life in a manner, which has never been achieved in the past....   [tags: science, cosmology, planets] 1060 words
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Alexander's Attempt To Integrate the Greek and Persian People - The following gobbet is from Plutarch’s (C. 50 B.C.- C.120 A.D.) Alexander. It narrates Alexander’s journey to the Libyan Oracle of Siwah in 332 . The aim of this essay is to draw the possible reasons as to why Alexander went to this specific oracle its consequences and question the reliability of Plutarch’s account. Plutarch describes the conversation between the priest of Ammon and Alexander. Alexander inquired if all the murderers of his father were punished to which the priest replied that Alexander was not the son of a mortal....   [tags: Ancient Greece]
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The First Major Victories of Empirical Inquiry Over Authority - The period of European history between the mid-fifteenth and late-seventeenth centuries, was a time of great advancement in terms of geographical, scientific and technological knowledge. For Europeans, this time included “the first major victories of empirical inquiry over authority,” which helped scholars of the time discover and define the natural laws of the universe (Parry, 1). In turn, this helped in the development of new technologies that assisted mariners in their pursuits on the sea from more accurate navigation to warfare....   [tags: age of discovery, christopher columbus]
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Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator: The Queen of Wit - Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator grew up as a princess. She received riches beyond her wildest dreams and an education of the finest quality. She was born in to the Ptolemaic dynasty at a time when the monarchy was slowly losing its hold on Egypt as empire grew round it, threatening to absorb it at any moment. Her family,the Ptolemies were the last from the set of Greco-Macedonian dynasties that had appeared in eastern Mediterranean after the death of the macedonian conqueror, Alexander the Great in 323 b.c....   [tags: ancient Egypt Ptolemaic dynasty, Marc Anthony]
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