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SCIE 1P51
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Caroline Starrs

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Origins of Science  Lecture 1 01/09/2014 Writing – cuneiform tablets with astronomical observations ­ 4,000 BCE  Tablets with beer recipes – 3,000 BCE ( procedure how to make it )  Greece – 500/600 BC  Science & philosophy  Love of wisdom  Looking for explanations Looking for origins of phenomena  Application of reason and demonstration  Thales of Miletus – 640­548 BC  Water is the most important of all elements  Rise of Science  Anaximander – 610 ­546 BC Maps – terrestrial & solar Did not believe air , water , earth or fire were the “fundamental” elements of the universe  Anaximenes – 545 BC Thought that Air was fundamental  Pythagoras of Samos ­  560­480 BC Numbers / geometrical proof Empedocles – 490 ­430 BC All are important  Leucippus & Democritus – 460 BC  Plant diversity  Atoms: The Greek Idea  450 BCE, Leucippus and Democritus  Atomos: point at which matter can no longer be subdivided  Lots of 
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