Course Structure and Policies


ISDEM-UG 1736:

Making a "Scientific Revolution": Medieval Christendom and Islam

Taught by Daniel Newsome 




This course examines various fields of knowledge before the "Scientific Revolution" with an emphasis on the sciences of the Middle Ages in both Latin and Arabic. We will explore the co-development of science and monotheistic religions and study the relationships between the human being, nature and the divine.  We will not only read from original primary sources (in English), but we will also on occasion use period tools and techniques to further our study. We will follow several of these sciences into the "Scientific Revolution" and discuss how they relate to the standard narrative of a revolution in science.  Scientific themes will include mathematics, music theory, astronomy/astrology, perspective/optics, alchemy/chemistry, atomism, medicine/physiology, and physics.  Readings may include Plato, Aristotle, Lucretius, Ptolemy, Galen, Plotinus, Macrobius, Martianus Capella, Boethius, Al-kindi, Alhazen, Avicenna, Ibn Tufayl, Averroes, Ibn al-Nafis, Thomas Aquinas, Buridan, Oresme, Vesalius, Servetus, Harvey, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, and Leibniz. 


Your Grade:

40% = Participation in discussion, the weekly comments, and other homework products.

40% = 3 papers - late papers will be marked down or not accepted.

20% = Attendance, timeliness, and pop quizzes and such╔


A grade of "Incomplete" will only be given in cases of extreme circumstances, such as a medical issue or a similar situation. 


Any and all electronic or non-electronic devices are allowed so long as they are used appropriately. 



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