Science Is A Search For Truth

7/1/2015 5:56:29 PM

Pythagoras ( 570-495  BCE ) was a Greek mathematician that founded a secretive philosophical society called " the Pythagoreans ". He also set up a mathematical school. He has not left any written books but believed that the relations between all things could be reduced to numbers.

His group called "The mathematikoi " aimed to discover these relations. The Islamic golden age started in the mid- 8th century and Lasted for 500 years. It saw the
birth of modern scientific methods and experimentations that began in Baghdad the capital of the Abbasid Caliphate.

At the same time Europe was far behind and several hundreds of years were to pass before science was to overcome the Catholic Church restrictions. For centuries the view of our universe was based on Aristotle's belief that the earth was the centre of the universe "the centre of all celestial bodies" . It was only in 1532 that Copernicus the polish physician completed his work that had the sun at its centre.  He knew that it would be regarded as heresy. Fearing for his life he waited until his death to have his work published. His work won many followers over the years and opened the way to  Astronomers such as William Gilbert who published " De  Magnete"  in 1600 suggesting that earth is a magnet, German astrologer Johannes Kepler  in 1609 who suggested that Mars has an elliptical orbit, the Italian polymath Galileo in 1610 who observed the moons of Jupiter, the  english philosopher Francis Bacon  in 1620 who published "Novum Organum Scientarum and the new Atlantis",  Evangelista Torricelli inventor of  the barometer in 1643 and so many more. New discoveries followed fast.  Boyle, Newton, John Ray, Max Planck the pioneer of quantum physics and so many other brilliant minds laid the groundwork for the modern scientific disciplines of chemistry, astronomy, geology and physics. They have made the understanding of our world possible.

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. "Galileo Galilei "

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