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the web-site of D. Newsome


Animation of Galileo's Sunspot Drawings

List of Current and Recent Classes

Fall 2021

Current Classes at Bard College

[The following sites are only available to the Bard Community]


Quadrivium-Fall-2021: Math 103A and 103B:

Math and Metaphysics in the Middle Ages


Calculus 1-Fall-2021:  Math 141A

From Limits to Riemann Sums



A Philosophical and Historical Inquiry in Europe and the Americas

"Co-Teaching" with Prof. L. Botstein.

Past Classes

[Limited Access]

Summer 2021: Bard College

Writing Knowledge

Spring 2021: Bard College

Quadrivium- Spring-2021

Calculus 1 - Spring-2021

Music 151


Winter 2021 - CitSci: Bard College

Summer 2020: BPI

Citizen Science

Fall 2020: Bard (Annandale ) and BPI


Music 129

Microtonal Online Synth:

Summer 2020


2020 Spring


-BLC-150-Spring 2020

-BLC-190-Spring 2020

January 2020

-Citizen Science-Communication



BLC150 – Algebra Workshop



BLC190 – Algebra, Trigonometry, and Functions


2019- Spring: Annandale and BPI






BLC150 – Algebra Workshop



BLC190 – Algebra, Trigonometry, and Functions




Bard College, B.P.I.


Science in the Golden Age of Islam (SiGA): History 302


This course focuses on medieval natural philosophy and history durring the Middle Ages from a largely Islamic Perspective.


Primary Source Authors inlcude:

Abu Ma’shar, al-Kindi,  al-Farabi, al-Khwarizmi, Ibn al-Haytham, al-Biruni, Ibn Sina, al-Ghazali, Ibn Bajja,

Ibn Tufayl, Ibn Rushd, al-Tusi, Ibn Nafis, Battuta, al-Bukhari, and Ibn Khaldun.



Darwin in Context - NEW for 2014

Bard College,  B.P.I.

This class focuses primarily on the theories and opinions immediately preceding and following Darwin and Wallace

as well as the theories of Darwin and Wallace themselves.  Readings include  al-Biruni, Burnet, Godwin, Malthus, Hutton, Chambers, Lyell, Lamarck, Darwin, Wallace, Mendel, Spencer, Tylor, Galton, Wells, Fisher, Marx, Huxley, Ehrlich, and Dawkins.

Origins of Modern Science - 2014

Bard College, B.P.I.

This class covers the history of science (mostly European) from ca. 1450–1750 and includes some limited mathematical discussions. 

[Students should be familiar with trigonometry.]

Citizen Science - 2013 and 2014

Bard College, B.P.I.

This course is designed to find common ground between the sciences and the humanities.  The main focus is infectious diseases. 

Basic cell biology, evolutionary theory, laboratory methods, public health, scientific ethics, scientific communication,

antibiotic resistance, and HIV are among the many topics discussed. 


Medieval Natural Philosophy-2013

Bard College, B.P.I.

This course mainly focuses on natural philosophies written in Latin and Arabic (in English translation) spanning ca. 750-1460.  Specific topics include astronomy, optics, medicine, anatomy, physiology, geology, and physics. 

This class introduces much of the natural philosophical background necessary

to read and understand the ideas presented in Ibn Tufayl's Hayy ibn Yaqzan, which we read at the end of the course.


Science Across Cultures – 2012 and 2013

Interdepartmental Seminar INSM 3940

Columbia University  – Co-taught with George Saliba

This course focuses on the natural philosophy of the Middle Ages–both European and Islamic.

Themes include astronomy, medicine, physiology, optics, physics and more broadly causation and the flow of ideas between and amongst cultures.



Citizen Science – 2013 and 2014

Bard College, Annandale

This course bridges the gap between the sciences and the humanities focusing on the specific topic of infectious diseases.

There is a wet-lab component, a methods unit, a unit on HIV, and another on bioethics, however, this only scratches the surface of what we cover.


Making a Scientific Revolution – 2012

NYU – Gallatin School

This course focuses mainly on the continuum of ideas flowing from Classical to Middle Ages and then into the Early Modern period. Scientific themes include mathematics, music theory, astronomy/astrology, perspective/optics, alchemy/chemistry, atomism, medicine/physiology, and physics.  Readings include Plato, Aristotle, Lucretius, Ptolemy, Galen, Plotinus, Boethius, Al-kindi, Alhazen, Avicenna, Ibn Tufayl, Averroes, Thomas Aquinas, Buridan, Oresme, Vesalius, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, and Leibniz.


HHS 130B (Fall 2011) - A History of Science and Technology: HoST

Stevens Institute


HHS 130E (Fall 2010) - A History of Science and Technology: HoST

Stevens Institute

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HHS123 (Fall 09) - History of European Society and Culture to 1500 or 1800


HHS130ev (Fall 08) – A History of Science and Technology: HoST


HHS369ev (Fall 08) – A History of a Scientific Revolution: SciRev


I have also taught Word Civilizations classes covering all periods [early, middle, and modern] at John Jay College

A Selection of Interesting Student Projects

Writing across the Curriculum at City Tech (CUNY)


Writing Chemistry Lab Reports at City Tech


Leeds Conference (2019): Leeds PDF




Newsome, Daniel. "The Math, Music, Metaphysics, and Mysticism of the Quadrivium: The Four Paths to a Theory of Structure." In Science, Technology, and the Humanities: A New Synthesis, edited by Lisa M. Dolling. Greenfield, MA: Jensen/Daniels Publishers, 2011. 


Deiner, L. Jay; Newsome, Daniel; Samaroo, Diana. Journal of Chemical Education, v89 n12 p1511-1514 Dec 2012

     Directed Self-Inquiry: A Scaffold for Teaching Laboratory Report Writing- 2012



Quadrivial Pursuit Media Outlet  (2011)

Quadrivial Trivia of the moment.


Click Here for a Sound Demo [328 KB]


Here [2.5 MB]

if that one didn't work.


Past Class Syllabi [From an old domain – many of deeper links are dead, but the general schedules have been updated and reposted.]


Atlatls and Darts

Simple Microscopes

Reinventing the Wheel and Other Tall Tales

Under Construction




A selection of Stuff