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7 08, 2017

Science in Early Modern Europe

By |2019-09-08T07:03:52-07:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe, Science|0 Comments

Early modern science: Tycho Brahe (He looks funny because his nose got cut off in a duel and he wore a false one made of brass.) New observatories in Europe Europe's colonialism and slave trading brought a lot of money to Europe. By 1600 AD the fashion for building new observatories that had swept from China west [...]

6 08, 2017

René Descartes – European philosophy

By |2019-05-06T07:44:32-07:00August 6th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

René Descartes Who was Descartes? René Descartes was one of the earliest philosophers of the European Enlightenment, in the early 1600s AD. He was just 8 years younger than Hobbes. While Descartes was growing up, Henry IV was killed, Marie de Medici ruled, and then Richelieu. More about Hobbes The Enlightenment All our European History [...]

4 08, 2017

Medieval science in Europe

By |2018-04-24T09:01:17-07:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, Science|1 Comment

Medieval science: an Italian pharmacy jar, about 1400 AD (Metropolitan Museum, New York) Learning from Islamic science During the Middle Ages, the best scientists and doctors weren't in Europe. They were in the Islamic Empire to the south and east. Most of the science and medicine that people were doing in Europe was learning from Islamic scientists [...]

29 07, 2017

Geometry made easy!

By |2019-07-05T09:30:53-07:00July 29th, 2017|Math|0 Comments

Geometry: This is an equilateral trangle. What is geometry? The simplest geometric idea is the point, and then the line, the plane, and the solid. Shapes like circles, squares, rectangles, and triangles are flat, and we can think of them as being parts of a plane, flat like a drawing. What is a point? What is a plane? From planes to solids All [...]

27 07, 2017

What is algebra? Math made simple

By |2018-04-23T15:58:58-07:00July 27th, 2017|Math|0 Comments

Simple equations on a graph Algebra is the way Islamic mathematicians figured out to connect our ideas about geometry with our ideas about numbers. You can use equations to represent geometric shapes. You can also use equations to represent the movement of numbers (or real objects like trains) through time or space. The simplest equations have only one variable. They look like y [...]

27 07, 2017

Simple equations – Algebra

By |2019-05-30T10:57:13-07:00July 27th, 2017|Math|0 Comments

Simple equations on a graph Start by thinking of a number line When we learn to add and subtract, multiply and divide, we think of numbers as being all along the number line. But in algebra we think about numbers as being in a plane. Number lines What is algebra? Medieval Islamic math All our math articles Another number line crosses it Picture two number [...]

27 07, 2017

Number plane project – Battleship

By |2018-05-31T11:49:21-07:00July 27th, 2017|Math|0 Comments

A game of Battleship A fun way to practice plotting points on the number plane is to play Battleship. You will need two pieces of graph paper, two pencils, and two kids. Each kid should draw a number plane on her paper with an x-axis and a y-axis, numbered from -10 to 10. Then draw lines on [...]

27 07, 2017

Medieval Islamic mathematics

By |2019-10-07T05:03:36-07:00July 27th, 2017|Islam, Math|0 Comments

Indian numbers and medieval Islamic mathematics Indian numbers About 630 AD, just before the Islamic empire got started, people in West Asia learned from traders or traveling scholars about "Arabic" numbers. Indian mathematics The invention of zero Medieval Islamic science All our Islamic Empire articles This new way of writing numbers really came from India. The Arabic word for [...]

27 07, 2017

Medieval Islamic science

By |2019-10-07T07:26:55-07:00July 27th, 2017|Islam|0 Comments

Medieval Islamic science: Al Tusi's diagram of linear motion from circular motion Indian and African science In the Early Middle Ages, before the formation of the Islamic Empire, Buddhists ran the world's biggest universities. One was in India, at Nalanda. Another was in what is now Pakistan, at Taxila. Medieval Islamic science built on this Indian scientific tradition. [...]