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 >
Although the first concept of a threaded bolt, or screw, is believed to have been developed during the time of the Ancient Greeks by either Archytas of Tarentum or Archimedes, the first record of a threaded bolt used with an accompanying nut as a fastening device dates back to a 15th century book. The practice of using a screw as a fastening device gained acceptance about that time when it was used in Johann Gutenberg's invention of the printing press.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 >
A crude form of math was first invented by the Sumerians in the sixth century BC. Because the Sumerians had developed a settled, agricultural civilization, they needed math as a way to measure plots of land, tax individuals, chart the sky and develop a lunar calendar.Full Answer >