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LibraryThing: OU History of Science Collections HSCI 3013 - section 995 - Spring 2014

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OrientationWeek 1: Stonehenge and the shape of the EarthAncient MesopotamiaAncient EgyptAncient GreekAlexandria LibraryRoman - PantheonIslamic and early medieval science

| Orientation | Week 1: Exploring the Past | Week 2: Ancient Mesopotamia | Week 3: Egyptian & Aegean | Week 4: Ancient Greek |
| Week 5: Hellenistic | Week 6: Roman | Week 7: Islamic and Early Medieval

Notre Dame cathedral, Paris - 14th century15th Century - Brunelleschi's Dome16th Century Natural History - Vesalius16th astronomyScience in Asia - The Great WallGalileoFrancis Bacon, 1620Newton's home, Woolsthorpe

| Week 8: 14th century | Week 9: 15th century | Week 10: 16th century life sciences | Week 11: 16th century astronomy |
| Week 12: Science in Asia | Week 13: Galileo | Week 14: 17th century | Week 17: Newton |


History of Science Collections"Now, I realized that not infrequently books speak of books: it is as if they spoke among themselves. In the light of this reflection, the library seemed all the more disturbing to me. It was then the place of long, centuries-old murmuring, an imperceptible dialogue between one parchment and another, a living thing, a receptacle of powers not to be ruled by a human mind, a treasure of secrets emanated by many minds, surviving the death of those who had produced them or had been their conveyors."

Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

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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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