John McCaskey on the Scientific Revolution

 Posted by on 31 October 2006 at 1:41 pm  Uncategorized
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Tired of the election? Disgruntled? In the depths of despair over our choices at the polls? Need to be inspired? Up-lifted? Want some fun in your weekend?

Enjoy an enthusiastic, inspirational evening learning about science and scientific heroes. John McCaskey is an engaging, interesting, and thoughtful speaker with insights into the history and philosophy of science. If you who have not yet made reservations to come and hear John McCaskey on November 4, this is your last opportunity. An added benefit is spending time socializing with other rational, interested people. Call or e-mail by November 2 at 4:30 pm.

For much of the twentieth century, it was believed that the Scientific Revolution that began with Copernicus and Vesalius was the result of the rejection of Aristotle’s methods and the adoption of Plato’s. But historians are now discovering that it was the opposite. In this talk, Dr. John McCaskey will explore the foundations of the great age of scientific discovery that ran from Copernicus to Galileo, Harvey, Boyle, and Newton, all the way to Charles Darwin. In particular, Dr. McCaskey will show how historians are coming to better understand the methods that these great thinkers used.

  • Why what you learned about Copernicus’s discovery in high school is wrong (and how you yourself could have known it).
  • How we know that Galileo really performed the experiments that some have doubted. (We’ll try one using water and wine and you’ll see.)
  • The truth about Isaac Newton’s interest in alchemy.
  • That Charles Darwin’s ideas weren’t rejected by the clergy (as any tourist to London should suspect).

    Date: November 4th, 2006

    Alert: Special time and event — two talks for the price of one!


  • 4:30 pm — Social Half Hour
  • 5:00 pm — Into the Historian’s Workshop: How Historians are Finding the True Foundations of the Scientific Revolution — with Q&A 6:30 pm — Social forty-five minutes
  • 7:15 pm — Buffet Dinner


  • West Woods Golf Club, 6655 Quaker Street in Arvada, Colorado


  • $50 per person, $35 for students


  • Please RSVP to Lin Zinser ([email protected]) by November 2. Send your check to FROST, 8700 Dover Court, Arvada, CO 80005. Or register via PayPal — $50, student price $35. Or e-mail and pay at the door.

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