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Levi (ben Gershon) Gersonides (1288 - 1344)

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Levi Gersonides formerly ben Gershon
Born in Languedoc, Francemap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died [location unknown]
Profile last modified 25 Feb 2018 | Created 28 Feb 2017
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Levi (ben Gershon) Gersonides has Jewish Roots.

Biography

  • 14th Century Jewish Mathematician, philosopher, astronomer who correctly estimated stellar distances which went against the accepted Ptolemy models.[1]
  • Earliest European instance of the cross-staff being used for latitude use is attributed to him[2]

Sources

  1. Wikipedia: Levi ben Gershon, Gersonides, accessed 28 Feb 2017.
  2. "6 Creative Ways People Used to Navigate the Oceans." SciShow. 26 Feb 2017. Youtube.com (Web). 28 Feb 2017.


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Please add the following to sources:

Jewish Encyclopedia.com: http://jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/9813-levi-ben-gershon

School of Mathematics and Statistics University of St Andrews, Scotland: Levi dben Gerson biography: http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Levi.html - has a link to their list of references as well as a visualization of his lifeline on a timeline of mathematicians... very interesting.

posted by DK Clews

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