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to this question has to do with education and job description, but I know other scientists and engineers may have a very different opinion. How would you describe the difference between a scientist and an engineer? Here's your chance to set the record straight
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is William Lassell's birthday. Lassell was a successful English brewer with an interest in astronomy. He designed and built his own observatory and reflecting telescope with mirrors of his own construction. He spent most of his time investigating the planets and discovered four moons. He discovered Hyperion, a moon of Saturn and two of Uranus' moons: Ariel and Umbriel. He discovered Neptune's moon Triton only 17 days after Neptune itself was discovered.
Lassell is a good example of the Gentleman Scholar of the 18th
Century. These men were generally wealthy, decently educated and interested in a scientific field with a lot of leisure time to spend on their interests. Astronomy was the largest attractor of this type of scholar, and for the most part, they dominated the field. British astronomy was full of these "Grand Amateurs" and made the majority of the new discoveries of the time.
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Iron is one of the few elements you can encounter in its pure form. You can even easily get it from your breakfast cereal
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