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What is inertia? Physics – Science

By |2018-05-31T11:49:29-07:00August 18th, 2017|Physics|

The bus is heavy, so it's hard to get it moving. 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. Inertia is a way of measuring [...]

Medieval Islamic medicine – the first hospitals and quarantines

By |2018-04-18T18:18:05-07:00July 27th, 2017|Islam, Science|

Islamic medicine: From an Ottoman manuscript, two doctors telling the pharmacist how to make different medicines Writing medical encyclopedias Doctors made big scientific advances in medicine during the Islamic empire. Islamic doctors began by collecting all the medical observations and logic of the past. They translated the work of Hippocrates and his followers, and Galen, into Arabic. About 750 [...]

Empress Wu – T’ang Dynasty China – History

By |2019-05-28T05:49:24-07:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|

Empress Wu of the T'ang Dynasty Who was Wu Chao? Wu Chao was one of T'ai Tsung's girlfriends. After he died, she became his son's girlfriend too! The son's name was Gaozong. Who was T'ai Tsung? T'ang Dynasty architecture All our China articles Wu Chao becomes Empress Wu Once she got Gaozong to [...]

Sogdians – History of Central Asia

By |2017-05-31T16:56:34-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|

A horse-drawn chariot from the Oxus Treasure (British Museum, thanks to Mary Harrsch) The Sogdians came to Sogdiana (parts of modern Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) probably about 1500 BC. They were part of the wave of Indo-European migration to the south-east. Many people left Georgia and Armenia about that time and moved to Iran and northern [...]

Central Asian games – wrestling, polo, archery

By |2017-09-18T11:19:19-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Games|

Wrestlers from Samarkand (Uzbekistan, 600s AD) People in Central Asia played games that helped them get better at skills they would need in their lives. They needed to ride horses well, so they liked to race their horses or play games like polo on their horses, where you rode horses and tried to [...]

Uzbeks – Uzbekistan and Central Asian History

By |2017-05-31T00:28:32-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|

Uzbek ruler in his yurt (1509, probably at Samarkand) After the collapse of the Mongol Tamerlane's empire in the 1400s AD, many smaller states replaced the one big empire of the Middle Ages. One of the most powerful was the Uzbek empire of Bukhara, north of the Caspian Sea. The Uzbeks were Turkic [...]

Russian Revolution – History of Russia

By |2019-04-02T04:57:25-07:00May 30th, 2017|Central Asia, History|

Lenin, a leader of the Russian Revolution What led to the Russian Revolution? By the late 1800s, after the Crimean War, people in Asia were looking at the new republican governments in Europe and the United States, and beginning to ask why they couldn't vote for their leaders too. Russia and the Crimean [...]

The Silk Road to the Great Game – Central Asian History

By |2017-05-30T17:31:17-07:00May 30th, 2017|Central Asia, History|

A melon stall in Central Asia After Tamerlane died in 1405, his Altaic people kept on ruling Central Asia, but not as one big empire. There were lots of little countries all across Central Asia. These countries did well at first, but the collapse of the Mongol Empire soon brought sad changes to [...]