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LibraryThing: Science in Ancient Mesopotamia Week 14: 17th-century science

Reading 2: Primary Sources

The primary source assignment for this week is not available this semester.

Everyone has 10 points at D2L.

Enjoy the evening off!

# Due Date Pts Activity Time
3 Thursday
11:59 p.m.

Topic2 + 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. Francis Bacon, Hanover Historical Texts Project: Great Instauration; Novum Organum
  2. William Gilbert
  3. Robert Fludd
  4. Rene Descartes
  5. Blaise Pascal
  6. Air pump (Magdeburg), vulgar idea of nature, Robert Boyle
  7. Microscope, Hooke
  8. Thomas Burnet
  9. Nicolaus Steno
  10. Women in science: Maria Cunitz and Maria Merian

TOPIC QUIZ: The statements are either True or False. When you take the quiz at Janux, you will see 12 of these statements, chosen at random, 2 points each.

  1. T or F ? d.

“The imagination enlarges little objects so as to fill our soul with a fantastic estimate; and, with rash insolence, it belittles the great to its own measure, as when talking of God.” -- Blaise Pascal

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

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Many thanks to the pedagogical model developed in Mythology and Folklore and other online courses by Laura Gibbs, which have been an inspiration for this course.

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