Monday, February 2, 2015

Explore our earliest scientists and their beliefs about the universe!

We have been studying mythology in reading recently.  Myths were used to explain how things in nature came to be.  However, Greek philosophers all started a new type of thinking. Rather than believing in myths and stories, they began searching for the truth of the world by using their rational thinking. These philosophers weren't always correct, but their ideas lead us to the truth and what we now know today.  Read and explore the information about the influential scientists below in order to solve the riddles at the bottom of this page.  Good luck!

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Study some solar system flashcards and definitions here!

Pythagorean Theorem and Listen to the story: What's Your Angle Pythagoras?

Isaac Newton

Galileo Galilei


Aristotle was a great thinker and philosopher.  He made MANY contributions, but we are focusing on the universe and astronomy.  Some of his ideas were incorrect, however others were spot on.  Aristotle is known for his wise sayings!   Also, like many others, Aristotle believed that the Earth was the center of the universe.  We know this is incorrect, however, what did he discover that WAS correct? Watch the video and focus on the third slide (:47 seconds in)
Aristotle :47 seconds in

Ptolemy believed in the model shown below.  What do you notice is the center of the universe according to Ptolemy? Was he correct? To find out more about Ptolemy, click here:
Biography of Ptolemy

He was correct on one thing though - his map of the world using longitude and latitude was very accurate! 

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