Philosophiae Naturalis Principa Mathematica Title Page (1687)

The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy was published in 1687. Written by Issac Newton, the text was an exploration into physics through mathematical proofs. The book was written in Latin, the language used by scholars in Europe at the time for scientific works. Latin also was utilized for scientific nomenclature. The Mathematical Principles of Natural […]

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Annie J. Easley NASA Computer Scientist and Mathematician

When space exploration is discussed, most of the public focuses on the astronauts. It should be remembered that mathematicians and aeronautical engineers make space travel possible rather than science fiction. Annie J. Easley (1933-2011)  was a NASA mathematician and computer scientist who  worked there in 1955 to  1989 . This photograph shows her working in […]

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Selenographia Lunar Map( 1647)

Johannes Hevelius published the book Selenographia. Released in 1647 it was the first lunar atlas. The Polish astronomer produced a valuable tool for astronomy. Selenographia had a large amount of engravings and drawn images which listed surface structures of the moon. The text had a glossary had a list of 275 different surface structures.  The image from […]

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Rhind Papyrus (1650 B.C.E)

The Rhind Papyrus was produced in 1650 B.C.E and is an example of Ancient Egyptian text on the subject of mathematics. It has multiple sections discussing geometry, early algebra, and fractions. The most successful civilizations were ones that were able to master the arts and sciences in the ancient world. The actual name of this […]

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Bloodletting Chart (1310-1320)

This visual aid was used to let doctors know which areas to do bloodletting. This medical chart is thought to be from between the years 1310 or 1320.  Bloodletting was a practice in medicine as a method to cure disease or prevent it by withdrawing a portion of blood from the body  . As modern […]

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Illustration of the Skeletal System From De Humani Corpis Fabrica (1543)

Andreas Vesalius a Flemish physician and anatomist produced a seven volume work known as De Humani Corpis Fabrica Libri Septum. This work pioneered medical illustration and anatomical science. Through dissection Andreas Vesalius was able to prove that the theories of Galen were incorrect. Galen the classical Greek physician’s theories were dominant in the medical field. The […]

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