Western Civilization Essay The Greeks had a profound and affected on our system of government and laws; architecture, including a system of roads and very advanced systems of sewages; and they had a very advanced system of education. Other ways the Greeks influenced us was language, literature, trading systems, mathematical systems, science and philosophy. Truly the Ancient Romans and Greeks can be seen as a foundation for Western Civilization. People who have helped this create system are people who are trying to find the truth through reasoning and questioning. These people are called humanist.
Plato’s analogy of the cave, overall, is an analogy of how we, in our physical state, cannot gain knowledge of the true forms. Plato was an absolutist philosopher in classical Greece. He was also a mathematician, writer of philosophical dialogues and a student of Socrates, which some may say, after Socrates dramatic death, fueled his fire to prove classical Greece wrong. However, millenniums after the analogy was conjured, it is still not clear what Plato actually meant: it is down to interpretation. Firstly, we come across Plato’s metaphor of chains.
Ben Runchey May 9, 2012 Book 13 Journal Entry 5 Pay very close attention to the speech of Poseidon complaining of the success of Odysseus in Phaeacia (lines 165-170). What is the meaning of the transformation of the Phaeacian ship into stone? What is the meaning of Odysseus’ meeting with Athena upon his arrival to Ithaca? What does she advise? Poseidon turns the Phaeacian ship into stone to punish the Phaeacians for their obligations of assisting travelers and wayfarers.
In The allegory of the cave, Plato gives literary shape to Socrates most fundamental concern, namely that our souls be in the best condition, believing the godly question “what is justice” be answered. While Plato deciphers his theory, Al Gore is running on the same question. The former next president of the United States has shown his traveling global warming some hundred times, and his documentary presents the facts and offers solutions in an erudite, yet humorous and non political way. He uses words that imply a filthy industrial world with regard of the environmental impact, specifically using the words “moral, unethical, and faith” to discuss the argument he makes. Similarly, Plato uses those exact words for his argument, applying analogies and metaphors (just as Gore did with his childhood images) as people struggle to see the reality beyond illusion (just like gores metaphor of the frog in the boiling pot).
Early Greek philosophy, in turn, was influenced by the older wisdom literature and myths of the Near East. As M.L. West points out: "contact with oriental cosmology and theology helped to liberate the early Greek philosophers' imagination; it certainly gave them many suggestive ideas. But they taught themselves to reason. Philosophy as we understand it is a Greek creation," (Griffin, 2001).
History Archimedes was born in the island called Sicily in 287 BC. Archimedes' father, Phidias, was an astronomer and mathematician. Not much is known about his earlier life of not only him, but also his family. Some even say that he could have been related to King Hiero II , ruler of Syracuse. At a young age Archimedes loved to learn and solve problems, because of this he decided to go to Egypt to study in Alexandria.
Algebra 2 Algebra 2 Pascal Investigation (5.7) 1. Who was Blaise Pascal (history)? Blaise Pascal, famous mathematician, was born in 1623 on June 19th, at Clermont. His father moved the family to Paris in the year 1631 to conduct his own scientific investigation as well as to pass on his knowledge to him only son. At first, young Pascal’s education did involve mathematics, only the study of languages. Pascal decided to learn about geometry, a topic he had only heard of but never studied, in his spare time.
The story begins during his early years as a graduate student at Princeton University, where he becomes best friends with his roommate, Charles. Nash is then appointed to an esteemed position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) after developing a truly original idea for his graduate thesis. It is at MIT where Nash meets his wife, Alicia Larde, a student in one of his calculus classes. During his time at MIT, Nash is recruited by the Department of Defence (DOD) at the Pentagon, to help crack a complex and encrypted enemy telecommunication. Nash garners the attention of a top CIA agent, William Parcher, who asks for his assistance in helping to decode Soviet messages.
In 1616, he received his baccalaureate and licentiate degrees in Law. Aside from his Law degrees, Descartes also spent time studying philosophy, theology, and medicine. After a short stay in the military, Descartes went on to lead a quiet life, continuing his intellectual pursuits, writing philosophical essays, and exploring the world of science and mathematics. In 1637, he published "geometry", in which his combination of algebra and geometry gave birth to analytical geometry, better known as Cartesian geometry. But the most important contribution Descartes made were his philosophical writings; Descartes, who was convinced that science and mathematics could be used to explain everything in nature, was the first to describe the physical universe in terms of matter and motion, seeing the universe as a giant mathematically designed engine.
There he was taught by Dini and Bianchi who quickly influenced Fubini to undertake research in geometry. He presented his doctoral thesis Clifford's parallelism in elliptic spaces in 1900. In October 1901 Fubini began teaching at the University of Catania in Sicily, and in 1908 Fubini moved to Turin where he taught both at the Politecnico and at the University of Turin. Fubini created a theorem very significant to our Calculus 3 class at Miramar college. His theorem makes it possible to change the order of integration with double integrals, which is used to find area under a plane.