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LibraryThing: Science in Ancient Mesopotamia Week 11: 16th-century Astronomy

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. This week we're still in the 16th century, just like last week, but focusing on astronomy. If there were questions you didn't respond to in last week's starting assumptions, feel free to take them up now.
  2. UraniborgThe icon for this week is a detail from a depiction of Uraniborg ("City of the Heavens"), Tycho Brahe's castle on the island of Hveen, off the coast of Denmark near Copenhagen. Tycho, the greatest observational astronomer in Europe in the 16th century, sought to integrate chemistry, medicine and astronomy. This was the meaning of his motto, "Looking up, I look down." (That is, by doing astronomy, he was also better able to understand the world beneath, including the human body.) The middle level of Uraniborg housed a library, where scholars or scientists visiting from all across Europe would gather. Furnaces for alchemical experiments were kept burning years on end in the round rooms of the basement. Panels in the roof would slide away to reveal large astronomical instruments (this was still a generation before the telescope). Even larger instruments were anchored in the ground a few hundred feet away. What do you think it might have been like to visit Tycho at Uraniborg?
  3. **What do you know about astronomy in the 16th century? (Examples: Copernicus, Tycho, Kepler.) What do you think is the chief barrier that obstructs modern appreciation of 16th-century astronomy? What is your favorite topic or figure in 16th-century astronomy?**

 

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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