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5 09, 2017

History of astronomy – Science and space

By |2019-02-04T15:14:58-07:00September 5th, 2017|Science|0 Comments

A starry sky with the Milky Way galaxy(thanks to Bernd Nies) Early astronomy The very earliest people, as early as six million years ago, knew much more about the moon and the planets and the stars than most people do today. The moon The planets What are stars? More astronomy articles That's because they lived mainly outside, without electric lights blocking [...]

18 08, 2017

What is inertia? Physics – Science

By |2019-09-17T10:49:34-07:00August 18th, 2017|Physics|2 Comments

The bus is heavy, so it's hard to get it moving. Who first wrote about inertia? A law of physics first suggested by the Uzbek scientist Ibn Sina about 1000 AD states that "an object at rest tends to remain at rest, and an object in motion tends to remain in motion." Scientists call these tendencies inertia. [...]

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 [...]

7 08, 2017

Thomas Hobbes – European philosophy

By |2019-08-17T14:00:40-07:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

Thomas Hobbes, a European philosopher When did Hobbes live? Thomas Hobbes (yes, he's the one that Calvin named his tiger after) lived in England, about fifty years after Calvin and about the same time as Descartes. He was born in 1588. Who was John Calvin? Who was René Descartes? All our modern Europe articles Hobbes' back story [...]

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 [...]