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Olivier Biot
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America’s forgotten astronomer
      #4057440 - 09/18/10 07:51 PM

America’s forgotten astronomer

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jbw
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Re: America’s forgotten astronomer new [Re: Olivier Biot]
      #4057581 - 09/18/10 09:16 PM

Fascinating, I am finding myself drawn to the history of astronomy and articles such as yours which lead me to a deeper understanding are greatly appreciated.
Brian
PS; I agree about water


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rockethead26
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Re: America’s forgotten astronomer new [Re: jbw]
      #4058356 - 09/19/10 10:20 AM

Thanks for the interesting article David.

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7331Peg
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Re: America’s forgotten astronomer new [Re: Olivier Biot]
      #4058696 - 09/19/10 12:57 PM

Really interesting information, David, and very well written also. I found myself totally absorbed in it.


John


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cygnus72
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Re: America’s forgotten astronomer new [Re: 7331Peg]
      #4059001 - 09/19/10 03:33 PM

Without a doubt, the most overlooked aspect of astronomy is its rich history, and its one of my favorite topics. Mention the name Hypatia of Alexandria or Ulugh Beg today, and most people will give you a look of confusion. Admittedly, I was ignorant of Benjamin Banneker, but no longer.

Thanks, David!


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eliomar
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Re: America’s forgotten astronomer new [Re: cygnus72]
      #4059642 - 09/19/10 09:07 PM

Thanks for the article.

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BillP
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Re: America’s forgotten astronomer new [Re: Olivier Biot]
      #4059670 - 09/19/10 09:24 PM

Great article!! Thanks Wouldn't it be great if CN had a special article section called American Astronomers...or just Astronomers through History were the articles would be kept in date of birth sort order! In it could little shorts people write on any astronomer from the past...or even those of today, including amateurs. Would be cool.

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mountain monk
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Re: America’s forgotten astronomer new [Re: BillP]
      #4059765 - 09/19/10 10:32 PM

Great article. Thanks for all the research and the fine writing.

Dark skies.

mm


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Spaced
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Re: America’s forgotten astronomer new [Re: mountain monk]
      #4059936 - 09/20/10 12:43 AM

Thanks for an article about a fascinating person!

How did you find out about him?


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Tamiji Homma
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Re: America’s forgotten astronomer new [Re: Spaced]
      #4060485 - 09/20/10 10:37 AM

Quote:

Thanks for an article about a fascinating person!

How did you find out about him?




I also enjoyed reading the article. Thank you very much.

When I read the article, David Barton immediately came to my mind

You can find some reference to Benjamin Banneker here.

WallBuilders Newletters - Black History Issue 1998

Tammy


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Wes James
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Re: America’s forgotten astronomer new [Re: Tamiji Homma]
      #4060504 - 09/20/10 10:45 AM

So many forgotten great Americans... Thanks for bring one to life for us!

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Dr Morbius
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Re: America’s forgotten astronomer new [Re: Wes James]
      #4060642 - 09/20/10 12:02 PM

I thank you for bringing this person to my attention. I never heard of him until now. How many others like him are out there, I wonder?

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David E
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Re: America’s forgotten astronomer new [Re: Tamiji Homma]
      #4060791 - 09/20/10 01:02 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Thanks for an article about a fascinating person!

How did you find out about him?




I also enjoyed reading the article. Thank you very much.

When I read the article, David Barton immediately came to my mind

You can find some reference to Benjamin Banneker here.

WallBuilders Newletters - Black History Issue 1998

Tammy




Everyone: thanks for reading my article. I hope everyone will be as enlightened as I was to read about Benjamin Banneker. I first heard about Banneker from David Barton when he was a guest on a cable TV show earlier this year.


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astroneil
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Re: America’s forgotten astronomer new [Re: David E]
      #4061379 - 09/20/10 04:31 PM

David,

Many thanks for posting an interesting article on such an inspirational spirit as Benjamin Banneker.

Here's a link to more info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Banneker

Banneker lived during the dark times of an emerging nation, when some men of note questioned the permanence of planetary orbits before they questioned the immorality of slavery.

There is an interesting Sky & Telescope article from a few years back, which recounts his life and astronomical work in greater detail.

I think Bill P made an excellent suggestion. There is a GREAT DEAL to learn from our astronomical heritage (whether American, European or elsewhere) and we ignore it at our loss.

Kind regards,

Neil.


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bilgebay
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Re: America’s forgotten astronomer new [Re: astroneil]
      #4063509 - 09/21/10 01:32 PM

Great article David!

Thank you cygnus for mentioning a Turkish astronomer, Ulug Beg....Ali Kushchi came after him and managed his observatory IIRC.

Clear skies


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Darren Bly
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Re: America’s forgotten astronomer new [Re: astroneil]
      #4063539 - 09/21/10 01:42 PM

As a black amateur astronomer I am very familiar with Benjamin Banneker. He was my idol. It's always good to see him get the credit he deserves.

As a 12 year old black kid with everyone saying I couldn't do astronomy, he was the voice in my head saying I could. Here I am 38 years later still doing astronomy.


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David E
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Re: America’s forgotten astronomer new [Re: Darren Bly]
      #4068201 - 09/23/10 02:01 PM

Thanks for reading Darren, although I probably didn't write anything you didn't already know!

I was taken by surprise a bit when I learned how they surveyed land back then. Today they have GPS and lasers and such. Back then you had to know astronomy and use it to locate your exact positions, so every surveyor was basically an astronomer first.


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phxbird
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Re: America’s forgotten astronomer new [Re: David E]
      #4068238 - 09/23/10 02:14 PM

Kind of sad! I have taught astronomy at the college level and been observing for over 40 years and until this posting had never even heard of Banneker! Thanks for the interesting article!

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donv
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Re: America’s forgotten astronomer new [Re: Olivier Biot]
      #4068723 - 09/23/10 06:06 PM

Thank you--very nicely done!

Only loosely related--I recall an account of a 19th century farmboy who grew very interested in astronomy and eventually made it into a career. Any idea as to who this might have been?


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csa/montana
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Re: America’s forgotten astronomer new [Re: David E]
      #4069131 - 09/23/10 09:44 PM

David, thanks for such an interesting article on this very exceptional man! I absolutely loved reading his history; and makes me appreciate astronomy all the more!

I hope to see more articles like this from you in the future!


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