Explore Horse Electric, Nature Electric and more!

Explore related topics

Watch these leaping electric eels validate one of science history's wackiest stories

Watch these leaping electric eels validate one of science history's wackiest stories

Astrolabe 1480.  Used to make astronomical calculations, Eastern Islamic origin. All the inscriptions are in Eastern Kufic Arabic, signed 'Work of Musa', Musa standing for an unknown instrument maker.

Astrolabe 1480. Used to make astronomical calculations, Eastern Islamic origin. All the inscriptions are in Eastern Kufic Arabic, signed 'Work of Musa', Musa standing for an unknown instrument maker.

Little wonder after Hypatia’s demise, that Europe lost the astrolabe after the fall of the Roman Empire when it plummeted headlong in to the period of history called the Dark Ages.  Much Hellenistic knowledge was lost to Western Europe – the population of which regarded Hellenistic (by then ‘pagan’) technology with great suspicion.  However it was retained and kept alive in the Islamic world where there is much evidence of its use and development.

Little wonder after Hypatia’s demise, that Europe lost the astrolabe after the fall of the Roman Empire when it plummeted headlong in to the period of history called the Dark Ages. Much Hellenistic knowledge was lost to Western Europe – the population of which regarded Hellenistic (by then ‘pagan’) technology with great suspicion. However it was retained and kept alive in the Islamic world where there is much evidence of its use and development.

A new study says that ritual killings helped establish social hierarchies in ancient cultures, leading to the complex, diverse, stratified societies we have today.

A new study says that ritual killings helped establish social hierarchies in ancient cultures, leading to the complex, diverse, stratified societies we have today.

Department of the History of Science, Harvard University

Department of the History of Science, Harvard University

Pinterest • The world’s catalogue of ideas
Search