Quest: Pedro - Curious Scientist (74) ;
A scientist who believes the origin of power that makes the machine beasts move is the Power Bead. He got expelled from the academic world due to fabrications in his research.
Curious Scientist Quest
Location: Near the Sunken Machine Shrine
Beyond Atlantica, history and legend:Pedro Nunes
, (1502, Alcácer do Sal – August 11, 1578, Coimbra) was a Portuguese mathematician, cosmographer, and professor
, born from a New Christian (of Jewish origin) family.
Nunes, considered to be one of the greatest mathematicians of his time, is best known for his contributions in the technical field of navigation
, which was crucial to the Portuguese period of discoveries. He was the first to propose the idea of a loxodrome and was also the inventor
of several measuring devices, including the nonius, named after his Latin surname.
Nunes also worked on some mechanics
problems, from a mathematical point of view.
He was probably the last major mathematician to make relevant improvements to the ptolemaic system (a geocentric model), however this lost importance because Copernicus heliocentric system replaced it by then. Nunes knew Copernicus' work but he only made a short reference to it in his published works with the objective of correcting some mathematical errors.