Thomas Harriot : a life in science / Robyn Arianrhod.
- Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press,  , ©2019
viii, 361 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
- Harriot, Thomas, 1560-1621.
Harriot, Thomas, 1560-1621.
Scientists -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Explorers -- Virginia -- Biography.
Virginia -- Discovery and exploration -- English.
Discovery and exploration, English.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General.
- "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."-- Provided by publisher.
- Harriot's London
The science of sea and sky
Practical navigation (and why the winds blow)
America at last
Preparing for Virginia
War, and a new calendar
Spirals and turmoil
Changing of the guard
Algebra, rainbows, and an infamous plot
Solving the rainbow
Conversations with Kepler
Mathematics, Jamestown, Guiana
The end of an era
All things must pass
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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