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Flemish Scientists: Simon Stevin, Jan Baptist Van Helmont, Franciscus Mercurius Van Helmont, Paul Bouts, Jos Verhulst, Peter Carmeliet

Flemish Scientists: Simon Stevin, Jan Baptist Van Helmont, Franciscus Mercurius Van Helmont, Paul Bouts, Jos Verhulst, Peter Carmeliet

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Chapters: Simon Stevin, Jan Baptist Van Helmont, Franciscus Mercurius Van Helmont, Paul Bouts, Jos Verhulst, Peter Carmeliet, Kris Burm, Patrick Callaerts, Karel Verleye. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 39. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Simon Stevin (1548/49 1620) was a Flemish mathematician and engineer. He was active in a great many areas of science and engineering, both theoretical and practical. He also translated various mathematical terms into Dutch, making it one of the few European languages in which the word for mathematics, wiskunde ("the art of what is certain"), was not derived from Greek (via Latin). Stevin was born in Bruges, Flanders (now Belgium) in the year 1548, to Antheunis Stevin and Cathelyne van der Poort. Very little has been recorded about his life. Even the exact date of birth and the date and place of his death (The Hague or Leiden) are uncertain. It is known that he left a widow with two children; and one or two hints scattered throughout his works inform us that he began life as a merchant's clerk in Antwerp, that he travelled in Poland, Denmark and other parts of northern Europe. After his travels, he became advisor and tutor of Prince Maurice of Nassau, who asked his advice on many occasions, and made him a public officer at first director of the so-called "waterstaet" (the government authority for public works), and later quartermaster-general. In Bruges there is a Simon Stevin Square which contains his statue by Eugen Simonis, which includes his inclined plane diagram. Land yacht (Zeilwagen) designed by Simon Stevin for Prince Maurice of Orange.His claims to fame are varied. His contemporaries were most struck by his invention of a so-called land yacht, a carriage with sails, of which a little model had been preserved in Scheveningen until 1802. T...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=72586