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6 09, 2017

Logic and the scientific method

By |2018-05-31T11:49:22-07:00September 6th, 2017|Science|0 Comments

An eclipse of the moon. You can see the curved shadow of the Earth. Once people have seen that something happens through observation, sooner or later it will occur to them to ask why it happens. And is there any way to prove that it will happen the same way every time? Sumerians developed advanced math to [...]

6 09, 2017

Science and the gods – History of Science

By |2017-09-06T12:54:33-07:00September 6th, 2017|History|0 Comments

The Egyptian god Bes Gods are part of people's desire to know how the world works. It's one of the ways that people explain how the world works. People say that God or the gods make this happen. Or you could say that the gods are a way of talking about complicated things that happen. Maybe they're [...]

5 09, 2017

History of Electricity – Science of shocks

By |2019-05-26T06:12:40-07:00September 5th, 2017|Science|0 Comments

History of electricity: A bolt of lightning in the sky Why did it take so long to control electricity? Like other inventions, electricity took thousands of years to develop. For centuries. scientists all over the world investigated first one idea and then another. At first, of course, they didn't even know what they [...]

25 08, 2017

What is a theologian? History of religion

By |2018-04-08T01:10:59-07:00August 25th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

Pope Gregory the Great writing, from the 900s AD. Ivory, probably from Kenya. (Now in Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum) A theologian (thee-oh-LOW-gin) is a person who studies religion. The word comes from the Greek word for god "theos" and the Greek word for writing "logos". So a theologian is someone who writes about God. Usually when people say [...]

16 08, 2017

Ancient philosophy: ethics, fate, and science

By |2018-04-24T11:55:01-07:00August 16th, 2017|Philosophy|0 Comments

Weighing the souls of the dead Philosophy means the love of wisdom. But what does that mean? It's hard to separate philosophy from religion. And it's also hard to draw a line between philosophy and science and mathematics. All of these are parts of people's search to make order out of nature. They're a way of [...]

4 08, 2017

Thomas Aquinas – Medieval philosophy

By |2018-04-21T13:19:58-07:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, Philosophy|0 Comments

A book in Thomas Aquinas' handwriting For many years before Thomas Aquinas was born, men like Ibn Sina and Ibn Rushdin the Abbasid Empire had been reading the Quran, and reading Aristotle, and trying to find ways to get these two important books to agree with each other. They were trying to explain how the universe worked in a way that honored [...]

4 08, 2017

Thomas Aquinas – Dominican monk

By |2018-04-24T09:23:15-07:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, Philosophy|0 Comments

Naples, with Mount Vesuvius in the background Like Ibn Rushd and Maimonides, Thomas Aquinas was a great thinke who tried to figure out the relationship between science and religion. But unlike Ibn Rushd and Maimonides, Aquinas was a Christian. Thomas Aquinas was born in southern Italy, at his father's castle, in 1224 or 1225 AD. It was just after the death of Francis [...]

27 07, 2017

ibn Rushd – Medieval Islamic Science

By |2019-09-08T07:23:49-07:00July 27th, 2017|Islam, Philosophy, Science|0 Comments

Ibn Rushd prayed and studied in this Cordoba mosque Can science and religion work together? Since the time of Socrates  - or before - many people have tried to figure out how science and religion can both be true at the same time. Ibn Rushd, like the earlier ibn Sina and al-Ghazali, was part of this [...]

27 07, 2017

Al Ghazali – Medieval Islamic science

By |2019-01-20T08:47:42-07:00July 27th, 2017|Islam, Science|0 Comments

Tomb of the scholar Qabus, Gurgan, Iran (built about 1010 AD) Who was al Ghazali? Al Ghazali was a scientist and philosopher in medieval Central Asia. More about Islamic science All our Islamic Empire articles Al Ghazali's childhood Al Ghazali was born in northern Persia in 1058 AD, under the rule of the Seljuks. His [...]