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Observation Claims and Epistemic Confidence in Aristotle’s Biology
(University of Chicago Press, 2017-05-26)
This essay looks at the ways in which Aristotle signals his confidence in observation claims in his biological works. Widely seen as an astute observer of the natural world, Aristotle in fact makes surprisingly few explicit ...
Let Us Make the Effort: Science into Latin in Antiquity
(University of Chicago Press, 2019-05-29)
Scientific writing initially came to ancient Latin speakers as a foreign discipline. Greek-language sources, in the form both of written texts and of living speakers, brought a wide range of philosophical, technical, and ...
Why does Aristotle think bees are divine? Proportion, triplicity and order in the natural world
(Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2019-04-30)
Concluding his discussion of bee reproduction in Book 3 of Generation of Animals, Aristotle makes a famous methodological pronouncement about the relationship between sense perception and theory in natural history. In the ...
Clever Machines and the Gods Who Make Them: The Antikythera Mechanism and the Ancient Imagination
After sitting, cryptically, silently, in the Archaeological Museum in Athens for nearly a century, the Antikythera mechanism only really began to yield up its secrets in the latter part of the twentieth century. To be sure, ...
Natural and Supernatural in Ancient Science
This chapter challenges the widespread claim that science in antiquity is, at least in part, characterized by a move to naturalistic explanations from mythological or supernatural ones. By looking closely at both the ...