Category Archives: History of Science

Janux videos available

Cross-posted from ouhos.org A series of “From the vault” videos is now available from OU’s Janux platform. These short videos, filmed on location by NextThought in the OU History of Science Collections, show rare treasures for a given topic along … Continue reading

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Theology and intellectual history video timeline

St. John’s College in Nottingham, which serves many students preparing for ordination in the Church of England, announces their mission as follows: “Our core purpose is to inspire creative Christian learning marked by evangelical conviction, theological excellence, and charismatic life, … Continue reading

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Janux

On Monday morning Janux, OU’s new digital course platform, launches with the following courses, all of which offer free public enrollment: Native Peoples of Oklahoma Practical Importance of Human Evolution Chemistry of Beer Understanding and Detecting Deception Power and Elegance … Continue reading

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Boldly explore!

Cross-posted from ouhos.org Camille Flammarion, L’Atmosphere: Météorologie Populaire (Paris, 1888), p. 163. Colorized by Susanna J. Magruder. Courtesy History of Science Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries. Download: jpg | tiff More than a decade ago, in 1996, I prepared a … Continue reading

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Flat Earth Myth revisited – XKCD

This is brilliantly funny!Shape of the Earth

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The secrets of books

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The violin is not the violinist

Since an eye surgery in May, I have not been able to maintain this blog, read printed works or monitor email. I am improving, and a surgery on the other eye is coming soon. In a few months, perhaps my … Continue reading

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Difficulties of experimental refutation

According to Aristotle, when one drops a ball, the ball falls straight down to the ground, because its “natural motion” seeks the center of the Earth. The ball’s natural motion is straight down – not curved, not sideways, not diagonal, … Continue reading

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Biblical interpretation exercise – Galileo

The year is 1616. You are a Cardinal, and a member of the Holy Congregation of the Index. How you interpret the Bible will have repercussions for many generations. Download this exercise: Here’s the instructor’s version, with commentary: Setting: written … Continue reading

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An ancient chemist on teaching

“Nor do I fail to understand that it is difficult to make clear the dark discoveries of the Greeks in Latin verses, especially since we have often to employ new words because of the poverty of the language and the … Continue reading

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Life and Works of Galileo

The Life and Works of Galileo: A Guided Tour from Kerry Magruder on Vimeo. This is a presentation I made at NASA-Langley about the collection of first edition copies of Galileo’s works held in the OU History of Science Collections. … Continue reading

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Copernicus and His Revolutions

Copernicus and His Revolutions from Kerry Magruder on Vimeo. This video surveys the background and work of Nicolas Copernicus, leading up to his De revolutionibus (1543) and its initial reception. It is NOT recommended for watching in a single session, … Continue reading

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Stars over Ancient Babylon

Stars over Ancient Babylon from Kerry Magruder on Vimeo. Join the ancient Babylonian astronomer Kidinnu for a survey of the origin of mathematical astronomy in Ancient Mesopotamia. Babylonian astronomers were sources for Greek astronomy. Without the Babylonian contributions, later Greek … Continue reading

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Shape of the Earth

Shape of the Earth from Kerry Magruder on Vimeo. Join several students on a time-travel tour, guided by the medieval physicist Nicole Oresme, as they survey ideas about the shape of the Earth. In the process, the students discover that … Continue reading

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Thesis pearls

“Pearls” are attained at great price. Frodo once answered Gildor: “It is said, ‘Go not to the Elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes.’” “Is it indeed?” laughed Gildor. “Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice … Continue reading

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