The affinities of all the beings of the same class have sometimes been represented by a great tree… As buds give rise by growth to fresh buds, and these if vigorous, branch out and overtop on all sides many a feebler branch, so by generation I believe it has been with the great Tree of Life, which fills with its dead and broken branches the crust of the earth, and covers the surface with its ever branching and beautiful ramifications.” ~ Charles Darwin, 1859
The Messier objects are celestial 110 objects plotted by comet-hunter Charles Messier in the late 1700s. He wanted to catalogue the various “fuzzy” objects that he observed in the night sky to help avoid confusion with the comets he was trying to discover.
Democritus was one of the first people to have developed an idea about atoms.
Born in Texas and raised in Kansas, Dwight D. Eisenhower was one of America’s greatest military commanders and the thirty-fourth President of the United States. Inspired by the example of a friend who was going to the U.S. Naval Academy, Eisenhower won an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Although his mother had religious convictions that made her a pacifist, she did not try to stop Eisenhower from becoming a military officer.
William Herschel was an 18th century astronomer who began to catalog deep space objects.