Syllabus [SciRev Fall 2008]

For the Week of 10/15/08

Assignment 7

First Exam and Atomism

For Wednesday:

We will have a short exam on Wednesday the 15th.  This should take only about 40 or 50 minutes.


It will have some multiple choice, perhaps some fill-in-the-blank, maybe a picture analysis, maybe some number stuff, and a short essay.  You may bring in a cheet-sheet©, an 8.5”x11” sheet of paper, with anything you want on it.  I suggest the standard who, what, when, where,… some maps and diagrams of ideas we have covered, some cosmology, some physiology, some harmony, a timeline, etc….  It will cover everything up to and including Assignment 6.


I have added some materials for review in the Assignment pages, so check them for additions.  I’ll post them near the bottom where I usually have links back to the syllabus and date when I posted them. All review materials are now up.  Be sure to refresh these pages so that you see the additions… or just empty the cashe of your browser (I think that will work…???).



For Thursday:


Read: Meinel_Atomism17thC-1.8MB.pdf [This will not be on the exam.]



Write an essay on Meinel and connect it to Galileo and other things we have studied so far.


Here are citations and additional materials for a souped up essay.


Kargon, Robert. "Walter Charleton, Robert Boyle, and the Acceptance of Epicurean Atomism." Isis 55, no. 2 (1964): pp. 184-192. Kargon_CharletonBoyle-atomism-284KB.pdf


Kargon, Robert. "Thomas Hariot, the Northumberland Circle and Early Atomism in England." Journal of the History of Ideas 27, no. 1 (1966): pp. 128-136.  Kargon-Thomas_Hariot-atomism-312KB.pdf


Lüthy, Christoph. "The Fourfold Democritus on the Stage of Early Modern Science." Isis 91, no. 3 (2000): pp. 443-479.  Luthy_Democritus-11MB.pdf


Lüthy, Christoph, and Leen Spruit. "The Doctrine, Life, and Roman Trial of the Frisian Philosopher Henricus De Veno (1574?-1613)." Renaissance Quarterly 56, no. 4 (2003): 1112-1151.  Luthy_DeVeno-4MB.pdf


Michael, Emily. "John Wyclif on Body and Mind." Journal of the History of Ideas 64, no. 3 (2003): 343-360.  Michael_WyclifMindAndBody-2.1MB.pdf


Meinel, Christoph. "Early Seventeenth-Century Atomism: Theory, Epistemology, and the Insufficiency of Experiment." Isis 79, no. 1 (1988): pp. 68-103.  See above for link.





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Optional News of Interest:


Perhaps the scene of the crime is not worth venerating and it is actually seductive moral poison:

Frenkel – “Warring monks threaten destruction of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre” – 10/15/08

Exam Review materials:


These are my lecture notes.  They are chaotic, so don’t despair.  You might be better off using your own notes.



Posted: 12/6/08 3:50 PM