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Unformatted text preview: History of science and technology 10-4-2010 Will our theories of the cosmos seem as wrong to our descendants as the theories Of Aristotle and Ptolemy seem to us? To tackle this question all three time periods, the past present and future, must be dissected to compare and contrast the beliefs of the cosmos. I will start with the past since that is the foundation of what we know today. Ptolemy and Aristotles theories may not be correct in our view today but they still initiated the intense thinking one needs to grasp the cosmos. Aristotle was a brilliant thinker who used logic, physics, cosmology, metaphysics and ethics to produce a scientific methodology that was the basis for higher learning for hundreds of years. Aristotles theory starts with the four elements of earth, wind, fire and water; he then uses his knowledge of physics to say the since earth and water are heavy they will fall downward while air and fire are light they naturally ascend towards the fifth element or aetherial region. His air and fire are light they naturally ascend towards the fifth element or aetherial region....
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