HoST Fall 2010

Tues/Thurs. starting at 4:00 in Babio 203

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Week of 10/5 and 10/7

 

Assignment 5


Islamic Natural Philosophy I:

Plato, Aristotle, and God

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Cordoba, Spain, was possibly the largest and most sophisticated city in the world in the 10th and 11th centuries

and the largest in Europe for most of the Middle Ages.  The main mosque, Aljama Mosque (interior shown above),

 now known as the Mezquita, was once the second or thirdlargest in the world.

Construction started in 784 and continued until 987.

Islamic, Jewish, and Christian scholars could give lectures to students in places such as this.


 Updated: 10/18/10 11:23 AM


Reminder #2.

Have you acquired Bown's book, A Most Damnable Invention: Dynamite, Nitrates, and the Making of the Modern World?

Better get on it a.s.a.p.  [See Assignment 0 page for details.]


For Tuesday:

 

Read pp. 103-115  in McClellan and Dorn. ca. 10pp

 

Read the following sections from Hyman and Walsh: Hyman-Walsh_eds-Islamic-PhilosophyMiddleAges.pdf [15.8MB]  ---sorry for the huge file--- This is the real stuff.  It's hard.  Believe it or not, it is easier than the Christian literature that it influenced (Thomas Aquinas, Albertus Magnus... et al.)

a) pp. 211-214 on Alfarabi (al-Farabi) (ca. 870-950 AD) [Also look over pp. 222-232... and read a few of the numbered section to get an idea of what he is talking about.]

b) pp. 233-236 on Avicenna (ibn Sina) (980-1037 AD).  [Also look over the rest of the chapter on Avicenna.  Read the headings and whatever else interests you.]

c) pp. 283-287, the top half of p. 292, p. 301, and pp. 307-314 of Averroes (ibn Rosch or ibn Rushd) (1126-1198 AD). 

 

Look over this web site in its entirety.                                                                                                               


For Thursday:

 

Read Book III in Lucretius' On the Nature of the Universe. 



You guys figure out how to cite the IOTs that are lacking full citations, if you use them.

 

Short or Long Essay assignment.

[Remember, you need to do two of these by midterm, 4 total.]

It's always good to draw upon previous assignments too.

 

Short Essay: Drawing on the readings and other activities from this week, write up a short essay.  Tell me something new.  Cite everything.

 

Long Essay: Same idea but also using an additional source from below.

 

Additional materials for Long Essay:

 

Hardie-LucretiusLatinLit.pdf-4.7MB

 

Plutarch_s_Morals-5-AntiEpicurus.pdf-1.6MB

 

IOT_ Averroes.mp3

 

IOT_ Avicenna.mp3

 

IOT_ Muslim Spain.mp3

 

- Bragg, Melvyn. The Four Humors. Audio. London: BBC, 2009.  [45 minutes].  If you use this, and quote from it, be sure to identify the speaker (as best as you can) and identify where in the recording it can be found.  Here is the BBC site for this episode, with an overview and list of guests: link.  This is one of my favorite episodes of all in our times. 

Here is the actual audio file: IOT_ Four Humours.mp3

 

- Bragg, Melvyn. Prime Numbers. Audio. London: BBC, 2009.  [45 minutes].  If you use this, and quote from it, be sure to identify the speaker (as best as you can) and identify where in the recording it can be found.  Here is the BBC site for this episode, with an overview and list of guests: link.

Here is the actual audio file: IOT_ Prime Numbers.mp3 [16.8MB]

 


Citations for the assigned readings:

 

Hyman, Arthur, and James J. Walsh. Philosophy in the Middle Ages; the Christian, Islamic, and Jewish traditions. New York,: Harper & Row, 1967.

 

Lucretius Carus, Titus, R. E. Latham, and John Godwin. On the Nature of the Universe. Translated by R. E. Latham and with Introduction and Notes by John Godwin. Penguin Classics. New York: Penguin Books, 1994. [Your copy may differ from this.  Cite your copy.]

 

McClellan, James E., and Harold Dorn. Science and Technology in World History : An Introduction. Baltimore, Md.: The Johns Hopkins University Press, Date depends on your copy. [Your copy may differ from this.  Cite your copy.]



Dribs and Drabs that are of interest.

 

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The stories that Archimedes used mirrors to burn Roman ships seems to have been fabricated in the Middle Ages. No classical literature mentions this and it seems to be pretty much impossible to do. Common-errors-1-archimedes-heat-ray/

 

 

Death of Archimedes- The death of Archimedes

(Sixteenth century copy of an ancient mosaic; StŠdelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt a.M.)

 

Archimedes buried in a 3:2 tomb, sphere/cylinder... the most pleasing of proportions according to Archimedes. Remember 3:2 is the perfect fifth.




Interesting Sciencey-Techy News

 

 

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A modern day Republic of sorts. 

Segregated living compounds.  Public transportation.  Power for the people (electrical power). 

Or is this a Wall-E fantasy for the rich and pretentious?

Ouroussoff - In Arabian Desert, A Sustainable City Rises-NYTimes-9/25/10

 

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In Passive-House Standards, a Brighter Shade of Green-NYTimes - 9/25/2010

 

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Oh My God!

Do religious people sukkot at knowing about religion?

Take the Test [it's only 6 questions]

....then read the article...

Goodstein-On Basic Religion Test, Many Doth Not Pass - NTTimes - 9/28/10

 


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Added 10/18/2010

Exam notes:

 

-Islamic tech.

-Islamic glory years and places

-Islamic translation and libraries and madrasses and mosques...

-Islamic alchemy, astrology, astronomy, medicine..

-Alfarabi, Avicena, Averroes [here are my notes and PowerPoint in PDF form with some other stuff: HymanWalschHoSTReadings-sm-1.4MB-HoSTF10Review.pdf]

-Lucretius Book III