About

I teach in the History of Science Department at the University of Oklahoma.  You can find out more about my current research project at my other blog: The Sphere of Sacrobosco.  I created this site to go along with my course HSCI 3013 “History of Science to the Age of Newton.”  This is a regularly offered course at the University of Oklahoma.  Its official description from the course catalog is: “A survey of Western people’s efforts to understand the natural world, from earliest historical times to the seventeenth century.”  This site contains almost all of the reading material for students in HSCI 3013 (a small number of readings that are copyright protected are available on a D2L, a password-protected University website).  It also contains additional resources and links for those interested in pursuing particular interests in the history of pre-modern science.  As the course progresses, I will add student-generated pages and blog posts.

This website/blog was inspired by my colleague John Stewart’s class blog for HSCI 3023, After Newton.  This course, and Dr. Stewart’s blog, covers the history of science from the 18th to the 21st century.  (You can follow Dr. Stewart on Twitter @jstew511.)  I have also benefited greatly from my colleague Peter Barker’s course links (especially for his HSCI 3013, from which I have borrowed material).  (You can follow Dr. Barker on Twitter @voxcanis.)  Many of the images on this site come from the fabulous digital collection of the History of Science Collections of the University of Oklahoma Libraries.  This digital archive is in the process of being made fully public and open-access.  In the meantime, a selection of their vast resources is available on a Flickr site: OU History of Science on Flickr.  You can follow the History of Science Collections on Twitter @OUHOSCollection, or on their blog.  You can follow the digitization project on Twitter @OULibDigitize.

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Roman copy in marble of a Greek bronze bust of Aristotle by Lysippus, c. 330 BCE. Wikimedia Commons.

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Sir Godfrey Kneller, portrait of Sir. Isaac Newton (ca. 1689). Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

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