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SIR ISAAC NEWTON
SIR ISAAC NEWTON
England (1643 - 1727)
English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist and theologian, his Philosophæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, published in 1687, is considered to be the most influential book in the history of science. In this work, Newton described universal gravitation and the three laws of motion, laying the groundwork for classical mechanics, which dominated the scientific view of the physical universe for the next three centuries and is the basis for modern engineering.
 

Enjoy these insightful and educational video clips drawn from over 70 hours of interviews with the world's leading figures in astronomy, shot during the filming of 400 Years of the Telescope.

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Kathryn Flanagan

The great space observatories
Kathryn Flanagan - James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

The James Webb Space Telescope, or JWST, or Webb, is one of the series of great observatories. These are observatories designed to look deeply into the universe at different wave bands or wavelengths.

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Kathryn Flanagan

Why I became an astronomer
Kathryn Flanagan - James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

The real reason Iím an astronomer is that I havenít figured out what I really, really want to narrow down my life to do, so I figure if I have a job that allows me to have the entire universe to play with, I really canít complain, right?

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Kathryn Flanagan

Women in astronomy
Kathryn Flanagan - James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

We have had women astronomers for well over a hundred years, certainly contributing, but the big issue is they havenít always gotten credit for their contributions, right? And truthfully it is a little bit easier to lead from the front than it is to lead from behind.

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Wendy Freedman

The 100-inch Hale telescope
Wendy Freedman - Carnegie Observatories

This is a telescope that revolutionized the world, literally. Completely changed our perception of the world that we live in.

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Wendy Freedman

The accelerated universe and dark energy
Wendy Freedman - Carnegie Observatories

Weíre living in a particularly exciting time now in cosmology. Not only do we have a universe that is expanding, as Hubble had discovered, but the expansion appears to be speeding up Ė itís accelerating.

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