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USU 1350 Notes A Brief History of Science History Outline History Outline Early Origins – Prehistoric o Prehistoric humans viewed natural World as powerful and unexplainable o Possibly controlled by some beings more powerful than humans o Belief in spiritual control and influence o Benevolent and evil spirits o Unpredictable outcomes o Attempts were made to appease spirits and influence outcome o Eventually, perceptive individuals realized that rituals had no impact on forces of nature o This pattern recognition was momentous •Beginning of logic – an orderly system to understand nature from observed data Greeks – Aristotle o 5 – 6 century BC o Aristotle Planetary motion - Earth was the center of the universe. Changes in the physical composition of matter - State changes, idea that water can exist as a solid and a liquid. Descriptions of living stuff – Getting animals and cutting them up to understand anatomy. Not supernatural world Developed natural laws – These laws are based on the physical. Dominated until 1500s – Easier to accept something else and
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This note was uploaded on 09/10/2008 for the course USU 1350 taught by Professor Reider during the Spring '06 term at Utah State University.

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usu1350 Notes - USU 1350 Notes A Brief History of Science...

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