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LibraryThing: Science in Ancient Mesopotamia Week 7: Islamic and Early Medieval Science

This week's assignments

In our whirlwind tour of the history of science, this week we make a stop in medieval Arabic culture and early medieval Europe. Our aim will be to get to know the scientists of these cultures in terms of their own place and time. We'll not be like tourists in Cordoba, Baghdad, Paris, Oxford, or Bologna who seek fast food at McDonald's. We will take nothing for granted.

Ancient Mesopotamia assignments

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Due Date*
Pts
Activity Time
1.1 Tuesday 8/26
11:59 p.m.*
10

1. Starting Assumptions
Think about what you know already about the culture and period, share your knowledge and experience with other students in the class

30 min.
1.2 Wednesday 8/27
11:59 p.m.*
25

2. Topic 1: Islamic science + Quiz
Background: Without a sense of context, history is anachronistic.
Primary sources: Without documentary evidence, history is speculation
The first of two topic assignments per week involving both background and primary sources.

90 min.
1.3 Thursday 8/28
11:59 p.m.*
25

3. Topic 2: Early Medieval science + Quiz
Background: Without a sense of context, history is anachronistic.
Primary sources: Without documentary evidence, history is speculation

The second of two topic assignments per week involving both background and primary sources.

90 min.
1.4 Friday 8/29
11:59 p.m.*
20 4. Interpretation
Unless it explains, history is trivial.
Write a short persuasive essay agreeing or disagreeing with a common interpretation about the topic and expressing your own view
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60 min.
1.5 Monday
11:59 p.m.
10 5. Online Resource Project
Over the course of the semester, we will assemble a catalog of online resources for exploring the history of science.
60 min.
1.6 Monday 8/31
11:59 p.m.*
10

6. Reflection + Peer Responses
Think about all that you did this week, including reading the Interpretation Essays of other students, and share your thoughts and ideas with other students in the class

30 min.
 Total pts
100
Total time
6 hours

 

"Without a doubt, there were many more scientists in the middle ages than in Greek and Roman antiquity, and many of them wrote in Arabic..."

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HSCI 3013. History of Science to 17th centuryCreative Commons license
Kerry Magruder, Instructor, 2004
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Brent Purkaple, TA

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