One interesting fact about meteorology is that it was founded by the Greeks in the 7th century BC. The Times of London printed the first daily weather forecast on Aug. 1, 1861 by Admiral Robert Fitzroy. Nicholas of Cusa was a German inventor who created the first weather instrument in the 15th century. "Twister," "The Day After Tomorrow" and "The Perfect Storm" are movies based on meteorology.Continue Reading
Thales of Miletus hypothesized that weather was caused by the movement of the stars and planets. Aristotle founded the science of meteorology in 340 BC, when he published "Meteorological." His original findings explained that weather was caused by the intermingling of earth, air, fire and water. Aristotle was the first to deduce that heat caused water to evaporate.
Fitzroy predicted sea storms, but London citizens criticized him, which is why his daily forecasts in The Times ended in 1866. Nicolas of Cusa invented a tool that measured condensation by hanging wool that became heavier with water.
The movie "Twister" is about storm chasers who create an advanced tornado tracking system. "The Day After Tomorrow" is about a paleoclimatologist who travels across America to reach his son as an Ice Age is brought on by a huge storm. "The Perfect Storm" follows the lives of fishermen who get caught in a dangerous storm while at sea.Learn more about Comets & Asteroids
The Great Wall of China was built over a period of about 17 centuries, between approximately 220 BC to the 17th century AD. The most well-known section of the Great Wall, located 43 miles northwest of Beijing, was built between the 14th and 17th centuries AD. The Great Wall is known, in China, as the "Long Wall of Ten Thousand Li."Full Answer >
The first compasses were invented by the Chinese around the 4th century BC. The earliest compasses, however, were not used exclusively for navigation. They were used primarily as figurative symbols to help people find order and harmony in their surrounding environments and lives.Full Answer >
The cross in its modern form was first used by the Chaldeans and the Greeks in the sixth century B.C. Modified forms of the cross were also used by Hindus, Buddhists and Egyptians as far back as 3000 B.C. Christians started to widely use the cross as a symbol in the second and third centuries A.D.Full Answer >
Some similarities between Jainism and Buddhism include their comparable behavioral proscriptions for liberation and their shared historical origin in the 6th century BC. Both were also founded by men who rejected a life of luxury for one of asceticism and the pursuit of truth.Full Answer >