Definitions for eratosthenesˌɛr əˈtɒs θəˌniz
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Er•a•tos•the•nesˌɛr əˈtɒs θəˌniz(n.)
276?–195? b .c ., Greek mathematician and astronomer at Alexandria.
Greek mathematician and astronomer who estimated the circumference of the earth and the distances to the Moon and sun (276-194 BC)
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
surnamed the Philologist, a philosopher of Alexandria, born at Cyrene, 276 B.C.; becoming blind and tired of life, he starved himself to death at the age of 80; he ranks high among ancient astronomers; measured the obliquity of the ecliptic, and estimated the size of the earth (276-194 B.C.).
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