Originally posted by jacko11From Wikipedia:
wot time was that
Originally posted by FabianFnasSurely Aristarchus deserves some credit? Particularly as he was working without a telescope and without the aid of years of observation?
"Nicolaus Copernicus (February 19, 1473 – May 24, 1543) was the first astronomer to formulate a scientifically based heliocentric cosmology that displaced the Earth from the center of the universe. His epochal book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), is often regarded as the starting point o ...[text shortened]... onomy and the defining epiphany that began the Scientific Revolution."
As I said, a genius.
Originally posted by jacko11...or perhaps is?
who was then
Originally posted by FabianFnasThat would be Professor Nambu from the U of Chicago, Kobayashi from Kek labs in Japan and Maskasawa from U Kyoto. Won on the properties of sub atomic particles. Nambu get the biggest portion, he is 87 years old, so it was about 30 years overdue. So not quite cosmology but more the fundamental underpinnings of particle science.
...or perhaps is?
Now when we have satellites, computers, instruments of the most sensitive kind we can all be good astronomers. But without a great mind we cannot go very far.
I think the title "best Astronomer of all times" shuold go to someone with an extrodinary kind of mind.
Who? I don't know, let's see what the Nobel Prize in Physics of the year of 2008 goes to. Perhaps it's him, or her?