The Genius of Eratosthenes

June 26, 2020 6:31 pm


This is a Greek scientist that you may not have heard much about. There are two reasons for this. First, his name is not as easy to pronounce as Plato and Socrates. Second, his nickname was Beta. This was not because he was the cool kid on campus but because he dabbled in so many subjects without becoming an expert in any of them. Beta is the second letter in the Greek alphabet so the name referred to him as being second class.

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This is totally undeserved for two very good reasons. First of all Eratosthenes is the first historian to actually put events in chronological order.  This has proved to be immensely helpful to future students and scholars looking to study the past. It’s also a way of interpreting the past that we still follow today.

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Most importantly, Eratosthenes was able to prove his theory that the world was round and say what it’s circumference was. This was good news to travellers and those with messages. It means that  the Same Day Courier Birmingham based provider can travel without fear of falling off the world. Using modern methods it turns out that Erastosthenes was only 202 miles out.