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Measuring the Earth

Eratosthenes and His Celestial Geometry

Series: Great Minds of Ancient Science and Math

By Mary Gow

This biography introduces Eratosthenes whose mathematical approach opened new ways to describe and understand the world. Using mathematics to study the earth, Eratosthenes broke new ground. In his monumental three-volume GEOGRAPHICA, he took a global view of the world. With its title, he coined a new word—geography. His work in chronology, theater criticism, and as director of the Alexandrian library were among the Greeks' valuable contributions to Western learning.

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Reviews

"These well-documented biographies surround their subjects with considerable historical context."

The Horn Book Guide, Fall 2009

"This book would be a welcome addition to any middle school library and would be an asset to support curriculum on the Greeks, history, mathematics, and even poetry."

Science Books & Films, September 2009

"For those libraries looking to add materials on ancient Greece that go beyond mythology, these biographies are solid choices, as they provide a good overview of the cultural and political landscape of the times, as well as pictures of their subjects."

School Library Journal, Fall 2009

"The writing is clear and informative . . . A highly recommended addition to extend and to update all biography collections."

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, September 2009

"Good for overview of the creator behind the mathematical concepts or for research on mathematicians."

Arlington Independent School District, September 7, 2009

". . . a very good non-fiction work."

Essex County Association of School Librarians, May 7, 2009

". . . an easy-to-read and understand book . . . a good volume for middle school students."

Denton Independent School District, February 24, 2010

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