History and Philosophy Of Science | Clocks & Catapults
X320 | 32124 | William Newman


“Clocks and Catapults” will deal with the history of technology and
Western civilization from the ancient world up to the seventeenth
century, just before the Industrial Revolution that coincided with
the European Enlightenment.  The course will cover such topics as
the development of machinery (including siege-weapons) and labor-
saving devices among the Greeks and Romans, the so
called “Industrial Revolution of the Middle Ages,” the development
of clockwork from the clepsydra to the weight-driven mechanical
clock, the interrelationship of technology and magic in the Middle
Ages, the Artist-Engineers of the Renaissance such as Leonardo da
Vinci, late medieval and early modern chemical technology,
shipbuilding, guns, and navigation in the age of discovery, the
explosion of mining and metallurgy in early modern Europe, and the
role of the craftsman in the Scientific Revolution.