Are they talking about physics as they stroll through the garden?
At a time when very few scientists were capable even of reading Newton's masterwork of physics, the "Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy," Madame du Châtelet mastered it and translated it into French. She also defended Newton in the Newton-Leibniz controversy.
How have people understood the relationship between the Bible and Science?
Quotations from various important Christian interpreters about the relationship between the Bible and Science. Aimed at helping learners differentiate between four key frameworks of relating the Bible and Science.
Against the background of the daily diurnal motion, the outer planets have an additional slow motion called their Zodiacal (or "direct") motion. Stars are fixed in relative position, but planets move slowly from west to east. Learn more about zodiacal motion in this learning leaflet.
Suggested activities to be used in conjunction with Constellation Coloring Pages and Card Sets.
- Bode Learning Leaflet | Bode Coloring Pages | Bode Original plates
- Urania's Mirror Learning Leaflet | Urania's Mirror card set (full page) | Urania's Mirror card set (half page)
What objects would you include in your own scientific portrait?
Margaret Bryan was a schoolmistress for a boarding school for girls in London, in which she taught mathematics and science. She also published several popular scientific textbooks on astronomy, geography, and natural philosophy.
It is often thought that Galileo's discovery of the phases of venus demonstrated the contested heliocentric model of the universe. However, such an understanding is overly simplistic of the early modern account of astronomy. Use this learning leaflet to learn more.
What are your favorite constellations?
Urania's Mirror was a set of constellation cards designed to aid in the teaching and learning of constellations. This set includes 32 cards, each focused upon one or a few constellations. Holes punched in the positions of bright stars allow one to hold any card up to a light and compare the star pattern with the constellation figure.
OERs in this set:
- Urania's Mirror Learning Leaflet
- Urania's Mirror card set (full page)
- Urania's Mirror card set (half page)
- Constellation Activities
In the work, Harmony of the Universe, Kepler integrated theoretical astronomy and music, ,showing that the motions of the planets employ the same numerical ratios as the most harmonious scales. Kepler's "harmonic law" still describes how planets and stars and satellites and galaxies revolve around one another in space.
Learn more about Kepler's "harmonic law" and its modern realizations in this learning leaflet.
Why did people come to Hildegard’s convent?
Hildegard of Bingen, Abbess of convents at Rupertsberg and Elbingen in the 12th century, explained their herbal remedies and medical procedures in her book Physica. In addition to this work on medicine, Hildegard wrote other works on cosmology and theology, corresponded in nearly 400 letters with abbots, popes and emperors, and created at least 70 musical compositions. This OER explores the significance of Hildegard of Bingen.