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Scientist of the Day

Hieronymus Bock

February 21, 2017

Hieronymus Bock, a German physician and botanist, died Feb. 21, 1554, at age 55. Bock was one of the three great German Renaissance botanists who transformed botany from a set of second-hand commentaries on ancient texts to an original field science supported by...

Giordano Bruno

February 17, 2017

Giordano Bruno, an Italian philosopher, was burned at the stake in Rome on Feb. 17, 1600. Bruno was born in Nola, near Naples, and he entered a Dominican monastery when young. Very quickly he became known for his radical ideas, and when charges of heresy were drawn up...

Elisha Kent Kane

February 16, 2017

Elisha Kent Kane, an American surgeon and explorer, died Feb. 16, 1857. Kane participated in two Arctic voyages in search of the missing Franklin expedition. Both voyages were sponsored by an American businessman, Henry Grinnell, who bought the ships and provided them...

Galileo Galilei

February 15, 2017

Galileo Galilei was born Feb. 15, 1564. He is one of the most famous scientists who ever lived, and he came onto the scientific scene in 1610 with a bombshell, Sidereus nuncius (Starry Messenger). Not only was this the first book to reveal what the moon looks like...

John Wilkins

February 14, 2017

John Wilkins, an English natural philosopher, was born Feb. 14, 1614. Wilkins was one of the founding members of the Royal Society of London and author of a variety of books on such topics as mathematical magic and philosophical languages. Today we feature his first...

Walter Charleton

February 13, 2017

Walter Charleton, an English natural philosopher, was born Feb. 13, 1619. Charleton is best known for being the avenue by which atomism entered England from continental philosophy, as his Physiologia Epicuro-Gassendo-Charletonia (1654) introduced Gassendi and...