Monthly Archives: September 2018

Comment on Ancient Oared Warships by Matthew Lyman

I enjoyed reading your summary on Ancient Oared Warships. It was very in depth and you provided a lot of specific details such as sizes of parts on ships or the amount of people the ships could hold. I find the progression of warships interesting. They went from the smaller more maneuverable ships to the larger ships. Then once Greek fire was introduced the smaller ships had the advantage again. I like how you talked about the engineering processes that the ships went through. Different designs of ships were tested, some wider, some sleeker. Then they started to build multi-deck ships, but realized that the ship couldn’t be too tall or it would be top-heavy. Now with today’s Warships, each ship usually serves its own purpose. Some ships are smaller and can move more quickly, and others are bigger with more firepower. It’s cool how in ancient times the warships roles worked in a similar way as they do now.

Comment on Summary of Carlson’s “The Romans,” by Chris Selby by Corwin Warner


This blog summary is a fantastic representation of the Carlson article! I believe you hit almost every major point while providing some background or reasoning for why the Romans developed and advanced the way(s) they did. However, it feels like you skipped over portion of their culture including clothing and the Roman Baths. Wealthy Romans were synonymous with their decorated togas/stolas, and wealthier citizens excessively decorated their clothing as a display of power. Additionally, the Roman Baths were significant in their integration of underfloor heating, as it enabled finite control and even temperature distribution across the entire building (regardless of rooms).
Your analysis of the Roman’s military developments and styles were spot on! Part of the reason we still discuss their legacy today is due to their success and developments during their “militaristic phase.”

Great job!

Comment on Why Tech Matters- Nye article summary by Matthew Lyman


I really like your summary of the article. I totally agree that once technology becomes outdated it isn’t really viewed as technology anymore even though it is still technology. A very long time ago people viewed farming as a new technology, but for our generation the technology we think about is smartphones and computers. I think the article does a good job pointing out that we should not be forgetting about old technology. Often times new technology is created from the old technology. I also agree that technology does shape our world and a new form of technology could easily change it.

Summary of Carlson’s “The Romans,” by Chris Selby

In W. Bernard Carlson’s article, “The Romans,” he goes into great depth discussing everything about the Roman Empire. He discusses all sorts of categories, such as: where they started, how they operated, what they ate, their military,  and even their different technologies. Some of the Roman ideas are still incorporated into modern society. Carlson started …

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Comment on Roman Hydraulic Technology by Joel Scarbro

Nicholas, I liked how you summed up a great deal of Roman hydraulic history, especially how many of the common beliefs and understandings are not as true as thy should be. I find it interesting that one successful “engineering” feat was subsequently followed by other similar solutions to the Roman’s problems. In other words, the curiosity and ability to apply tacit knowledge with beginning understandings of science was paramount. I found your explanation of the technologies adequate and liked the chronological structure of the post. The additional links were informative and fun to indulge in. It is fascinating how different cultures or groups use the “same” technology.