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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 [...]

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 [...]

7 08, 2017

Niccolo Machiavelli – The Prince – Florence

By |2018-04-08T11:14:28-07:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

Niccolo Machiavelli Around 1500 AD, Machiavelli was working for the government in the city-state of Florence. Florence was smack in the middle of the Renaissance, which meant that everybody in Florence was thinking and talking about how cool ancient Rome was. After the Medicis tortured him and pushed him out of power in 1513, Machiavelli began writing books [...]

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

European writing – books, poetry, Bibles

By |2018-04-11T18:19:12-07:00August 6th, 2017|History, Modern Europe|0 Comments

Reproduction of a press from Gutenberg's time The invention of the European printing press with moveable type in northern Europe in the late 1400s AD was no accident: publishers had set out to find a way to create a lot of books cheaply, because there was a new market for the books. More and more European families [...]

4 08, 2017

Raphael – Biography – Renaissance art

By |2018-04-23T09:44:15-07:00August 4th, 2017|Art, Modern Europe|0 Comments

Raphael's early selfie as a teenager Raphael, Titian, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci were the four greatest painters of the Renaissance in Italy. Raphael was born in 1483, when Michelangelo was eight years old and Leonardo was already grown up; Titian was a little younger. With their new Chinese compasses, the first European ships were just beginning to sail south to Congo and Angola. Columbus reached the Caribbean when Raphael was nine [...]

29 07, 2017

Solids – Platonic solids – Geometry

By |2017-07-29T13:08:07-07:00July 29th, 2017|Math|0 Comments

Pyramid Just as a plane is made of an infinite number of lines, a solid is made of an infinite number of planes. These planes are right next to each other, like a stack of paper. A solid has width, and length, and thickness.If you looked at a solid from the side, it would look [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

21 07, 2017

What is Nirvana? Indian religion

By |2018-04-23T15:20:30-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

Wheel of Life (Konark Sun temple, Odisha, India, 1200s AD) About 300 BC, Hindu people in India began to feel that they didn't like the idea of being reincarnated over and over again forever. Instead, they wondered what it would be like to be free from greed, money, work and slavery. People thought maybe it would be better to [...]