The Impact Of Eratosthenes On The World And How It Works Essay

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In modern times there are many things that help us figure things out. Things that range from technology, rules, equations, previous discoveries and so on, but in the times of Aristotle there was not much of that. There were many inspired scholars that worked to discover and invent things to help understand the world and how it works. One of those remarkable scholars was Eratosthenes of Cyrene who lived to be about eighty-two years old. Eratosthenes was born in Greece in a colony known as Cyrene now days called Shahhat, Lybia. He later on moved to live and work in the city of Alexandria. Eratosthenes was a man who excelled in many fields of studies such as geography, mathematics, history, poetry and others. Many of the works that Eratosthenes did his writings, his equations, and his findings were lost. Luckily his ideas and writings wore reported by other scholars of his time and that is how Eratosthenes’s work has been preserved. Eratosthenes is credited for the invention of latitude and longitude to create a map of the world. Along with that he designed a system to finding prime numbers, calculated the tilt of Earth’s axis, calculated the distance between the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun (now we know that he did not make a very accurate calculation of this), he also designed a calendar that included a leap year, and his most remarkable work was the calculation of Earth’s Circumference using geometry. (First site)
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