Lecture5 - Quiz 3 Signature Course UGS 303(Fall 2009...

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1 The History and Philosophy of Astronomy (Lecture 5: Middle Ages/Islam I) Instructor: Volker Bromm The University of Texas at Austin Department of Astronomy Signature Course UGS 303 (Fall 2009) Quiz 3: • Question: In the Universe as envisioned by the Stoics, can humans have free will? Very briefly explain your answer! • Answer: No! The cosmic, all-pervading, world-soul (=pneuma= logos=God) governs everything, including human actions. Fate governs all! Everything that happens, was meant to happen! Medieval Astronomy and Cosmology • Middle Ages/Islam I (Sep. 15) - Decline of Western (Mediterranean) Civilization - Early Middle Ages (“Dark Ages”): 500 – 1000 AD - Ascendancy of Islamic Astronomy (800 – 1400 AD) - Preservation and transformation of ancient knowledge • Middle Ages/Islam II (Sep. 17) - Recovery of European Civilization - High and Late Middle Ages (c. 1000 – 1450 AD) - Setting the Stage for the Copernican Revolution - Recasting of the Ancient Tradition The Fall of Rome • “Barbarians” (Germanic tribes/Huns) at the gate
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2 The Fall of Rome • “Barbarians” (Germanic tribes/Huns) at the gate The Fall of Rome Q: Why did it happen?
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