Edmond Halley

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English astronomer who used Newton's laws of motion to predict the period of a comet (1656-1742)

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The fact that both Sir Isc Newton and Sir Edmond Halley could derive a set of physical laws with extreme accuracy that stood the test of time, just by using some impoverished equipment and limited knowledge, shows that the modern technology is not a match yet for the visions of geniuses of Newton' calibre, despite its complementary role in space exploration in our time - and at a huge cost.
El astronomo ingles Edmond Halley (1656-1748) fue el primero en calcular su trayectoria.
This exhibition highlights the ways in which early Fellows of the Royal Society, such as Edmond Halley and Robert Boyle, used the work of Arabic and Islamic scholars as a basis for their research.
Since then 14 Astronomers Royal have followed in his footsteps, including Edmond Halley who is best known for calculating the periodic orbit of Halley's comet.
After reviewing early observations by the Greeks and Chinese about the magnetic properties of lodestone, the book describes research performed by William Gilbert, Edmond Halley, Karl Friedrich Gauss, Hans Orsted, Ander Marie Ampere, Michael Faraday, James Clerk Maxwell, and modern geophysicists.
Beginning with Copernicus's death in 1543, the film depicts the scientific achievements of Tycho Brahe, Giordano Bruno, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilee, Isaac Newton, and Edmond Halley.
While there are recorded sightings of the comet dating back to 240BC, it was English astronomer Edmond Halley who had it named after him in 1705 when he worked out how often it would re-appear.
For example, in 1684, Edmond Halley noticed a pattern of recurrence in the appearance of a comet.
In 1693, the astronomer Edmond Halley created a basis for underwriting life insurance by developing the first mortality table; unfortunately, his table used the same rate for all ages.
Beginning with the second half of the seventeenth century and ending with the early twentieth, contributors (who work in economics and other fields in Europe and North America) discuss the contributions of Jacob Bernoulli, Isaac Le Maire, Joseph de la Vega, Jan de Witt, Edmond Halley, Abraham de Moivre, Thomas Simpson, John Law, Emmanuel-Etienne Duvillard, Henri Lefevre, Jules Regnault, Louis Bachelier, and Vincenz Bronzin.
Discovered by the Portuguese in 1502, and settled by the British in 1659, famous visitors include Captain Cook, Charles Darwin, Captain Bligh, Edmond Halley, Napoleon's adversary the Duke of Wellington, Mason and Dixon, and the real William Hickey.
Over the years, the island has received many distinguished visitors, including the astronomer Edmond Halley in 1677, who came to study the stars of the Southern Hemisphere, Captain Cook, who stopped at St Helena in May 1775, on his second circumnavigation, and, in 1836, Charles Darwin, who on landing from the Beagle, reported `I so much enjoyed my rambles among the roads and mountains of St Helena'.
Three hundred and fifteen years have passed since Isaac Newton, thanks to considerable financial and moral support from Edmond Halley (of comet fame), published his Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica and, ever since, what is meant by the word 'science', our perceptions of 'genius' and the very image of Isaac Newton have all undergone a process of metamorphosis.
The author provides an extended analysis of the thought of Isaac Newton and Edmond Halley and argues convincingly that they appropriated many aspects of traditional comet lore into the new science.