Something happened in Italy and later in the rest of Europe
after about 1300 (until about 1650).
Imagine a strole through a virtual art galary. Note the difference between
1,2,3 and 4,5:
- Interest in classical learning from Greece and Rome
- Knowledge of Ptolemy's astronomy kept alive in Arab cultures for
hundreds of years.
- Almagest , "the greatest of books,"
translated to Latin from Arabic (~1200 AD)
- Humanistic attitudes: appreciation of the human and the natural, in
contrast to the devine.
- Change (progress?) in science and art.
Some Renaissance Dates
- ~1500: Botticelli, L. da Vinci, Michelangelo
- ~1500: N. Machiavelli, The Prince
- 1517, Martin Luther posts Ninety-five Theses on church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Reformation begins.
- 1543: N. Copernicus,
On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres
- c. 1600: Tycho Brahe's observations
- c. 1600: W. Shakespeare, Hamlet
- 1609: J. Kepler
- 1610: Galileo Galilei,
- 1632: Galileo Galilei,
Dialogue on the Great World Systems
- 1687: I. Newton,
ASTR 121 Home
Davison E. Soper, Institute of Theoretical Science,
University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403 USA