Astronomy – Book Notes 3.2 The Ancient Greek Science-Why does modern science trace its roots to the Greeks? o Ancient Greeks stand out as the first people who tried to explain the motions of astronomical objects by using logic and geometry, without resorting to the supernatural. o Greek philosophers sought to explain the architecture of the universe by constructing models of nature. Model (scientific) : A representation of some aspect of nature that can be used to explain and predict real phenomena without invoking myth, magic, or the supernatural. o Greek models of nature sought to explain things such as the properties of matter and the motions of the stars, Sun, Moon, and planets. . The tilt of the Earth’s axis causes sunlight to fall differently on Earth at different times of year.-How did the Greeks explain planetary motion? o Most Greek philosophers assumed the Earth must reside at the center of the universe. o
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2008 for the course ASTR 1110 taught by Professor Hornstein during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.