Comment on Early Iron Making in America by aarong

Great post Gabriel! Metalworking certainly is an interesting process. Just like in today’s society, the majority of goods produced during the 18th and 19th century either had metal parts or were produced using metal parts. In order to metal to make these parts, iron had to be separated from any contaminants in order to produce the strongest result. As Lewis states, blacksmiths first employed the use of the bloomery, which was relatively effective, but did not produce well-purified iron. The blast furnace, while more expensive, produced much more iron of a higher quality and at a faster rate. This technology really began to open up the metalworking industry, resulting in cheaper, stronger iron and therefore cheaper, higher-quality products.

Comment on Steam Engine Origins by aarong

Great post! The format is awesome. The steam engine was definitely used differently in different cultures. Just as gunpowder was used for celebratory purposes in China and for weaponry in the west, the steam engine was used more as an entertaining toy …

Comment on Cardwell, “Galileo” (Father of the Scientific Method) by aarong

Great post! Galileo really was the father of the scientific method. He used logic and a process of asking questions to quantify aspects of nature that people had previously simply taken for granted. Galileo was able to postulate forces in equilibrium and of inertia more than 45 years before Sir Isaac Newton published “Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica”, which discusses gravity and the laws of motion that bear his name. I find is particularly interesting that Galileo worked to improve simple machines such as levers and pulleys, which people had depended on for centuries previously.

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

Your summary fully encompasses Carlson’s points. Rome as a civilization was great at adapting and using the technology and culture of other civilizations. The Romans did gain much of the aspects of their religion from the Greeks, along with technologies such as ships and military tactics. As Carlson discusses, the Romans were able to expand their empire because of their military technologies and road systems. Unlike the Greeks, the Romans used their technologies for practical purposes, such as building arches to make longer bridges and aqueducts or metallurgy to improve tools and weapons.

Wendorf “Ancient Harvest on the Nile” by Aaron George

Dr. Fred Wendorf was an anthropologist of great prominence during the 20th century. Wendorf’s work at Wadi Kubbaniya in Egypt cast into doubt many of the traditional theories on what many believe to be the greatest technological revolution in history; the rise of civilization as early humans turned from hunting and gathering to domestication of…

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