[22 - 10] On Brussels Journal: A History of Algebra
If the level of knowledge was comparable across the major regions of Eurasia by the early fourteenth century, why was modern mathematics developed in Europe? In the Islamic world, mathematical sciences and natural philosophy tended to be classified as “foreign sciences” and treated with some suspicion, not integrated into the core curriculum at places of learning. In Europe there was a growing body of universities where natural sciences were viewed more favorably and where students enjoyed much more free inquiry and legal protection. The Islamic world did not develop calculus, analytic geometry or heliocentric astronomy.[10 - 10] Fjordman weighs in on this years Nobel Peace prize award on Gates of Vienna: Why Obama but not Osama?
If the Norwegian Nobel Committee has indeed decided that to promote Islam is to promote peace, I think they have unfairly bypassed another name: Osama bin Laden. Obama has been very eager during his first months as US President to promote Islam, but in all fairness, bin Laden has devoted his entire life to the same cause. Due to his many years of devotion to the spread of Islamic peace and justice, you could consequently argue that Osama deserves the Peace Prize more than Obama.[ 8 - 10] The complete 'Why Did Europeans Create the Modern World?' is up at Gates of Vienna.
[ 2 - 10] On Brussels Journal: Music and the Rise and Decline of Western Civilization.
Interestingly enough I have heard a few people from former Communist countries state that they do not like Beethoven because they sense some form of ideological megalomania underlying his music. Personally, I would say that a man who could compose timeless and beautiful pieces of music such as the Moonlight Sonata cannot have been all bad, but it is undoubtedly true that he was not a humble craftsman like Bach was.[ 1 - 10] On Gates of Vienna part 3 and part 4 are up on the 'Why Did Europeans Create the Modern World?' series.
A History of Algebra
Why Obama but not Osama?
Why Did Europeans Create the Modern World? - Complete
Music and the Rise and Decline of Western Civilization
Why Did Europeans Create the Modern World? - Part 4
Why Did Europeans Create the Modern World? - Part 3
A Brief History of Zero and Indian Numerals
What was the First Novel?
Why Did Europeans Create the Modern World? - Part 2
Why Did Europeans Create the Modern World? - Part 1
Six Percent of Swedish Girls Raped Every Year
Europe and Human Accomplishment
istory of Beer - Part 6
A History of Beer - Part 5
A History of Beer - Part 4
A History of Beer - Part 3
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