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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 ones self with this would be to incur the churchs wrath, and while criticizing the English upper class was one thing, criticizing the church was quite another. Whats 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 didnt 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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This essay was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course HIST 110 taught by Professor Hughes during the Fall '07 term at University of Michigan.
- Fall '07