phys 203 ec - Siming Zhu (sz86) TA: Naresh Kumar Physics...

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Siming Zhu (sz86) TA: Naresh Kumar Physics 203 Extra Credit: “Name of the Rose” Throughout the movie Name of the Rose, there were numerous instances where a scene in the movie parallels a topic that was discussed in class. Of the many parallels, the ten that I believed to be most obviously parallel to the course were: 1. The explanation of events through reasoning as opposed to observation (reliance on supernatural forces as an explanation for certain events) : When an unexpected death occurred and the monks were not able to explain the cause of the death with reasoning, they turned to supernatural forces as the sole explanation for the cause of death. One of the first topics discussed in class was how early Greek philosophers (around 650 B.C) went through a “pivotal transformation”, where they rejected supernatural explanations for natural phenomena, which was accepted by generations before them, and tried to find rational explanations instead. 2. Representation of Aristotle: William of Baskerville as played by Sean Connery appears to be a character that possesses many characteristics and traits that were also possessed by Aristotle, such as a deductive and analytical mind. For instance, the scene where William of Baskerville explains to his assistant that the edges on the dark parts of the moon are always convex is parallel to Aristotle’s explanation of the lunar eclipse where the earth comes between the sun and the moon. 3. Aristotelian beliefs: William of Baskerville’s actions and words throughout the movie implies his belief of the importance of having supporting evidence in order to gain knowledge of the world around us. This is parallel to Aristotle’s belief that hypothesis and ration is insufficient to gaining insights about the world and how it works. 4. The reference of convex lenses as a magnifying glass: William of Baskerville’s glasses were referred to as “eyes of glass”, which were simply convex lenses in a frame to aid his vision. The use of convex lenses as a magnifying glass to help elderly monks with failing vision read the Bible was one of the uses for convex lenses discussed in class/the book. 5.
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2008 for the course PHYS 203 taught by Professor Padamsee, h during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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