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CLST 214 - Ancient Science (F)

Ancient concepts of nature and of natural phenomena were radically different from our own, and yet historians regularly point back to the Greeks and Babylonians as the originators of a way of looking at and understanding the natural world that would eventually develop into what has become the truly gargantuan enterprise that constitutes the modern sciences. But what did the ancients know about the natural world and how did they come to know it? What kinds of theories did they develop to account for the movements of the planets, for the growth of plants, for reproduction, or for material change on earth, for example? What was the relationship between experiences of nature and theories about nature?

ASSESSMENT:  Two assignments (10% and 20%); mid-term test (25%); and a final exam (45%)
TEXTBOOK(s):   Available at Novel Idea bookstore, 156 Princess Street (at Bagot)  613-546-9799

  1. Early Greek Science: Thales to Aristotle, Lloyd, G.E.R.
  2. Greek Science after Aristotle, Lloyd, G.E.R.

INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Daryn Lehoux

PREREQUISITE:  Level 2 or above.