HIST 1250 Lecture : LECTURE 1

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Hist 1250 y boundary is fluid y understanding and mastering nature. Ways of defining science y what is science: what attempts to understand that natural world, content, practical technology, scientific vs. unscientific . scientific: has to be based on science y cause and effect intervening with natural world. y certain methodology must be followed when studying science. y. If not supernatural then not scientific. y make universal or law like statements. y objectivity and precision: methodology. Ancient science an early civilization y mesopotamia 3000 bc y babylonia: flourished 20th century bc, expanded due to agricultural advancements, prediction was key. looked to sky not for religion purposes, but to use stars to relate floods, death of king, famine, outcome of military action etc events occurring on earth and to predict: three aspects: process of change: split between natural and supernatural, naturalistic explanations.

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