SR-13-review-Roots-1 - Arabic to Latin (c. 10501200, Spain,...

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Review: the roots of the Scientific Revolution Main themes: — Aristotelian natural philosophy — Ptolemaic and Copernican astronomy — Transmission of ancient learning — Experimentalism and natural magic Aristotle (c. 330 BC, Athens): four elements: earth, water, air, fire; Heavens and Earth; nested spheres; natural place and natural motion. Ptolemy (c. AD 150, Alexandria): Almagest : geocentric model with epicycles; ‘save the phenomena’ Nicholas Copernicus (1473–1543, Poland): De Revolutionibus (1543): heliocentric model of planetary system; more harmonious than Ptolemy’s system, but moving Earth contradicted Aristotelian physics. Transmission, extension, and assimilation of ancient learning: Greek to Arabic (c. 750–1000, Baghdad),
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Unformatted text preview: Arabic to Latin (c. 10501200, Spain, southern Italy); first universities founded c. 11501250 (Bologna, Paris, Oxford), synthesis of Christianity and Aristotelianism to produce scholasticism; advent of printing (1450s) expands and transforms world of learning. Experimentalism and natural magic: Paracelsus (14931541, German/Swiss): alchemical quest to unlock hidden powers of Nature; William Gilbert (c. 15441603, English): experimental exploration of powers of magnets: De Magnete (1600); Francis Bacon (15611626, English) and his experimental philosophy: inductive empirical method to build general truths from particular facts; systematic cooperative research (Salomons House); focus on using knowledge to expand human power....
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