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http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/Voyage_Historique_de_L'Amerique_Meridionale-Ulloa-1752.jpg
In 1734, King Philip V of Spain asked Spanish mathematician, scientist and mariner Jorge Juan and scientist, author and astronomer Antonio de Ulla to join the French Geodesic Mission in measuring the length of a degree of meridian arc at the Equator.…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/The_Holy_Bible-1613.jpg
Commissioned by King James I in 1604 for the Church of England, this is the third translation of the Christian Bible into English. Robert Barker, the King's Printer, first published the book in 1611; this edition contains printing errors that were…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/Systema_Naturae-Linne-1788.jpg
Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus identified the three kingdoms of nature (stones, plants and animals) in his Systema Naturae (1735). Each kingdom was subdivided into classes, orders, genera, species, and varieties. Linnaeus identified six classes of…

Rosaland_Franklin-DNA-Maddox-p154-2002_trans.jpg
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a molecule that encodes the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms and many viruses. Most DNA forms two strands that wrap around each other to form a double helix.…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/Principia_Philosophiae-1685-Descartes.jpg
French philosopher, mathematician and writer René Descartes has been called the father of modern philosophy. His Principia Philosophiae, first published in 1644, put forth the theory that the universe operated as a continuously running machine which…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/Phytologia-Darwin-1800.jpg
Erasmus Darwin was a British physician, scientist, inventor and poet who originated the ideas of natural selection and photosynthesis. He published Zoonomia after 20 years of remaining silent due to public censure. His grandson Charles would further…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/Muybridge_Work_at_the_University_of_Pennsylvania-1888.jpg
British photographer Edweard Muybridge pioneered work on animal locomotion using multiple cameras to capture motion in still photographs. After success as a photographer of the American West, Muybridge was sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania…

http://libexh.library.vanderbilt.edu/impomeka/2015-exhibit/Micrographia-Hooke-1667.jpg
The optical microscope first appeared in the 1590s, but the use of microscopes for research did not gain acceptance until the 1660s. It was then that English natural philosopher Robert Hooke began an extended set of experiments with the microscope on…
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