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By Allen M. Hornblum

At a time of elevated curiosity and renewed surprise over the Tuskegee syphilis experiments, Acres of dermis sheds mild on one more darkish episode of yank scientific heritage. during this annoying reveal, Allen M. Hornblum tells the tale of Philadelphia's Holmesburg felony.

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Yet, the astronomical position of the earth was not considered to be as important as one may believe. The movement of stars is, in fact, dependent on the heaven’s polar axis around which the firmament revolves. One knew that this axis oscillates regularly (the precession of the equinoxes) giving rise to complex motions whose mystic significance was only revealed to a few initiates. D. [13] . In these religions, the sun represented the creating force that marshals the motion of stars and the destiny of men.

What, however, is pertinent here is the echo of his theories, which resounded in subsequent generations. 1 Orient and Greece 17 matter to expand or collapse. Nature ( υσ ´ ις , Physis) was the object of speculation for philosophers, who, though interested in astronomical measurements, were seldom familiar with experimental techniques or the calculation methods of astronomers; yet they were perfectly capable of understanding the meaning of the data and of adapting them to suit their more general purposes.

2 The Dispersion of Classical Science 25 On the other hand, Aristotelian science emphasised the effects of general laws of the world evolution that operate in nature. The Aristotelians didn’t foster any interest in a definition of the static condition that represents nothing but one of the infinite stages of an evolutionary process that extends from the potency to the act of all beings. Some Aristotelian schools preached quite explicitly against “¢κρ´ιβεια, akribeia”, precision in observation and measurement, since the object of their study was the universal laws, to which nature with its elements was subordinate.

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