Islamic Empire

Wipe the tears from your eyes, the smoke has cleared and we have moved ahead to the mid-7th century to the mid-13th century.  The city of Baghdad is a center of learning and innovations that rivaled Ancient Athens and Ancient Rome (6), a new intellectual epicenter has emerged! Sharing Ideas We happen upon muslim scholars […]

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Medieval Scribes

Our Jewish, Muslim, and Christian friends worked to translate these ever important texts in varying languages.  Certainly the completion of the double, sometimes triple translation (Greek into Arabic, Arabic into Latin, and sometimes Spanish) is one of the most fruitful scholarly enterprises ever undertaken (1).  Once the books were translated, they had to transcribed for […]

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Moveable Type Printing Press

Finally!  We get some help.  Some folks thought it was nuts to keep writing this stuff out and created a template by carving into a wood block.   This actually continued to serve well for illustrations but not for the text.  Remember all the rubbing when you had to do your first linoleum block in school? […]

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Renaissance: Italy, Books, and Bowlcuts

Behold! The Renaissance, a time of renewed interest in the worlds of poetry and music, science, philosophy and art.  The printing press allowed the ideas of the era to spread far from their native cultures. The Renaissance led to a flowering of music, literature and art, and architecture (1).  Buckle up, because this one is a series of […]

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Renaissance: Music, Painting, and Sculpture

Start out this scene with some background Renaissance music: Renaissance Music According to Jim Korkis, experts in the field of Renaissance musicology like Genette Foster from Occidental College  were engaged to consult and perform the music in this scene (1). The entire Spaceship Earth score was composed and arranged by Edo Guidotti. Making music for private family pleasure […]

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The Majesty of the Sistine ceiling

The style of painting, sculpture and decorative arts identified with the Renaissance reached its zenith in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, in the work of Italian masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. The Sistine Chapel ceiling’s most famous panel, entitled “The Creation of Adam.” is painted before our eyes by […]

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Industrial Revolution: Electric Telegraph

First – check out this Q&A about Optical Telegraphs.  Optical Telegraphs were a system of communication by means of visual signals using towers and shutters.  They are really neat and the precursor to the Electric Telegraph. Science! The electric telegraph system sent and received electrical signals over long-distance wires and revolutionized communications in the 1900’s.  It […]

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Industrial Revolution: Telephone

On the left we see the next big thing in communications – the electromagnetic transmission of human voices AKA – the telephone!  Making a telephone call is about converting energy from sound to electricity, carrying the electricity down a very long wire, and then turning the electricity back into sound (3). We see a bunch […]

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Industrial Revolution: Radio

A crucial achievement in communication technology – wireless communication!   Radio brings us long distance transmission without the wires (you know, like your magic band!). The technology was around in the early 1900’s and was a useful tool for Naval communications where putting up wires between ships wasn’t feasible.  In 1920 the first commercial radio station in […]

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