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  •  Science history didn't go like that (0+ / 0-)

    Aristarchus had figured out quite accurately the size of the moon, using simple observations and geometry. He had a decent lower bound on the size of the sun. And he developed what we now call the Copernican system, orbit and spin and all. Yet Lucretius, in his pro-materialist poem De Rerum Naturae written a few years BC, had lost track of all that, had no idea at all even of the size of the moon. And he hung out with the Roman sophisticates. So somehow much of the Hellenistic scientific tradition had gotten lost even before the Church got in on the act with explicit anti-science diatribes.
    And the great science didn't happen in the democratic period of the Greek polis, but in the period of Hellenistic empires.
    No, I don't understand this history, but it doesn't fit the neat scheme at all.

    Michael Weissman UID 197542

    by docmidwest on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 08:57:00 PM PDT

    •  Much of the great Greek math and science (0+ / 0-)

      happened in the period before the Athenian democracy, among Pythagoreans and other Pre-Socratics in Greece and Ionia (now part of Turkey). It continued under the tyranny in Syracuse up to its conquest by Rome, and in Elea in Italy, as well as in Greece and Alexandria.

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 02:45:35 AM PDT

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