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History of Science 16th Century Natural History - Vesalius

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LibraryThing: Science in Ancient Mesopotamia Week 10: 16th-century life sciences

Starting Assumptions

# Due Date Pts Activity Time
1 Tuesday
11:59 p.m.
10 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.

Questions

  1. What most interests you about the 16th-century historical context?
  2. What do you appreciate most about 16th-century art? (Jan van Eyck and Jan Vermeer worked in the 14th and 17th centuries, respectively, but together their work frames and represents the achievement of Dutch painting in this period.)
  3. What most interests you about 16th-century culture?
  4. Have you visited the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, or any other important Reformation-era districts of European cities? What were your impressions of life in the 16th century?
  5. Do you speak or read German, Dutch, Danish or some other language of the early Reformation countries?
  6. What do you most appreciate about 16th-century literature? Have you read Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene, or any other work of 16th-century literature?
  7. What is your favorite book related to 16th-century Europe or the Reformation?
  8. What is your favorite movie related to 16th-century Europe or the Reformation?
  9. Vesalius detailThe icon for this week is a detail from the frontispiece depiction of an anatomical theater in Padua (northern Italy), where Vesalius is performing an autopsy amidst a crowd of onlookers. Complete frontispiece (courtesy History of Science Collections, University of Oklahoma). What do you find most interesting about the frontispiece to Andreas Vesalius, On the Fabric of the Human Body (De fabrica, 1543)?
  10. **What are some similarities between 16th-century culture and culture today? How might these similarities help us to understand 16th-century culture? What are some differences between 16th-century culture and culture today? How might these differences pose an obstacle to our understanding of 16th-century culture? What do you know about the life sciences in the 16th century? (Examples: Vesalius, Paracelsus, Herbals, New World natural history.) What do you think is the chief barrier that obstructs modern appreciation of 16th-century life science? What is your favorite topic or figure in 16th-century science?**

 

Instructions for Starting Assumptions assignment:

  1. Look over the questions and links below; then watch the Starting Assumptions video prompt for this unit at Janux.
  2. PART ONE:
    1. Write a paragraph, 150 words minimum, in response to any questions that interest you.
    2. Post your completed paragraph in the Starting Assumptions discussion stream for this week at Janux.
  3. PART TWO:
    • Read the Starting Assumptions posts of at least two other students at Janux. Make another post in the discussion stream at Janux replying to their posts. (If you are the first or second person to post, you will have to check back later to complete this part of the assignment.)
    • IMPORTANT: When you respond, please begin by greeting the persons by name you are replying to, so that they will be more likely to notice that you are replying to them. And over the next several hours, check back and see if anyone comments on your post as well. If you provide interesting comments in response to others, they will be more likely to look for your posts both now and in the future.
  4. As you post your paragraph and respond to two other students, complete the Gradebook Declaration in Desire2Learn. Your Gradebook Declaration is subject to the Honor Code. Check all that apply: if you have completed the assignment, you will check all five statements. If you work on the assignment at different times, you may make the Gradebook Declaration incrementally as you complete each part. You may redo the Gradebook Declaration as often as you like up until the due date, if any part is incomplete the first time.
 

Here is the text of the Desire2Learn Gradebook Declaration:

(2 points) I have posted my Starting Assumptions (at least 50 words) at Confluence, including a response to the required question(s).
(2 points) I have posted my Starting Assumptions (at least 100 words) at Confluence, including a response to the required question(s).
(2 points) I have posted my Starting Assumptions (at least 150 words) at Confluence, including a response to the required question(s).
(2 points) I have replied to the post of at least one other student.
(2 points) I have replied to the post of at least two other students.

 

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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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