Unformatted text preview: why all objects were held to it. In the text, Adelard explains this phenomenon scientifically as opposed to theologically, additionally positing that the earth is round in shape. To associate one’s self with this would be to incur the church’s wrath, and while criticizing the English upper class was one thing, criticizing the church was quite another. What’s interesting to examine here, however, is the difference in culture between east and west at this point. Religion was obviously just as key a player in the Arab world as it was in Europe, but it didn’t interfere with the pursuit and chronicling of knowledge. This basic concept of gravity, which must have been conceived by an Arab scholar at least in the 12 th century, was not first seriously studied by a European until Galileo centuries later. And even then, in the so-called “scientific revolution,” there was intense friction between religion and science....
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- Fall '07
- Science, 12th century, Adelard