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21 07, 2017

The god Varuna – Hinduism – India

By |2017-07-21T13:25:30-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

Monsoon rain (Goa) Around 1000 BC, in the Vedic period in India, Varuna was an important Hindu god. Varuna was originally a sky god - his name means "the one who covers everything." Often people think of Varuna as a rain god. He represented order in the universe (against the forces of chaos). Some parts of Varuna's identity, at [...]

21 07, 2017

What is dharma? Hinduism – India

By |2019-05-07T07:12:30-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

What is dharma? Arjuna fights Shiva (in a story from the Mahabharata) because that is his dharma Dharma is an Indian idea Dharma is a Sanskrit word originally meaning order or solidity or normality. It comes from an earlier Indo-European (Yamnaya) word meaning firm, solid, like wood or a tree. Who were the Yamnaya? What is [...]

18 07, 2017

Who was Pythagoras? Greek Mathematics

By |2019-09-13T07:00:22-07:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks|10 Comments

Near where Pythagoras lived: Doric temple at Paestum, Italy Who was Pythagoras? Pythagoras lived in the 500s BC. He was one of the first Greek mathematical thinkers that we know about, after Thales. Who was Thales? All about Greek mathematics Lots of articles about ancient Greece Pythagoras spent most of his life in the Greek colonies in [...]

18 07, 2017

Greek mathematics – Geometry and Proofs

By |2019-08-19T21:34:39-07:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks, Math|1 Comment

Greek mathematics: An Egyptian papyrus from about 100 AD which is a piece of one of Euclid's books Greek math: geometry not algebra Because people in ancient Greece had only very clumsy ways of writing down numbers, they didn't like algebra. Ancient Greek numbers What is algebra? All our ancient Greece articles They found it very hard [...]

18 07, 2017

Who was Anaximander? Infinity and Greek science

By |2019-01-26T12:31:48-07:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks, Science|0 Comments

Theater of Miletus, where Anaximander the mathematician lived Where was Anaximander from? Anaximander the mathematician was born about 610 BC in the Greek city of Miletus, in what is now Turkey. So he was able to have the great mathematician Thales of Miletus as his teacher. Thales was probably about 35 when Anaximander was twenty years old. [...]

18 07, 2017

Ancient Greek science – math, astronomy, medicine

By |2019-10-09T08:02:29-07:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks, Science|2 Comments

Ancient Greek science: Greek doctor letting blood out of a patient because he believes in the four humors When did Greek science get started? By about 600 BC, ancient Greek people were getting richer from trading between Egypt, West Asia, Carthage, and Europe. Now richer families could afford to send their boys to college. More boys got a good education and became scientists. Soon [...]

12 07, 2017

What are nomos and physis? Greek philosophy

By |2018-04-23T09:41:10-07:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Philosophy|0 Comments

Nomos and physis: Laocoon: being strangled by snakes People in ancient Greece often thought of the world as being a fight, or an agon, between the two forces of rationalism and chaos, or between law and nature. The Greeks called these two forces "nomos", meaning law and order and rationalism, and "physis" (FU-sis), [...]

12 07, 2017

Who was Aristotle? – Greek philosophy

By |2019-09-14T06:38:55-07:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks|8 Comments

Who was Aristotle? An ancient Egyptian papyrus with a scrap of Aristotle's "Politics" Aristotle's family Aristotle's father was Nicomachus, a doctor who lived near Macedon, in the north of Greece. Ancient Greek doctors More Greek philosophy All our Ancient Greece articles His mother Phaestis was from Euboea. She probably worked from home. So, [...]