Hello everybody, tudo bem?
My name is Fabio, I’m your group coordinator which means I’ll be handling the communication and hosting our meetings for this awesome group. It also means I’m not entirely familiar with the material and we’ll be learning together for the following weeks.
The History of Science (HoS) course will explore the development of science — from the Greek natural philosophers, to medicine in the Middle East, to the Space Age, to the advent of computers. It also shows how we’ve been trying to understand the universe and life itself, as well as our basis for establishing knowledge: the scientific method.
Some important things to keep in mind this first week:
- Bookmark this: HoS Portal where you will find all important links to our Zoom meetings, study schedule, and announcements.
- All the material for this group can be studied on Class Central Classroom (distraction free experience), or if you prefer you can just head to Crash Course playlist on Youtube.
- We’ll be starting our meetings by the end of next week, on Friday, Sep 17th. So feel free to get started learning the material.
- Introduce yourself: your name, country, favorite scientist, and why you are here.
Let me introduce myself:
My name is Fabio, I’m from Brazil. I had lived most of my life in a big city but I moved to a small, coastal city 2 hours from São Paulo 2 years ago. It’s hard to pick my favorite scientist but I’ll go with Santos Dumont, Brazilian inventor and aviation pioneer, piloting 14-bis that could take off without catapult assistance. For that reason they taught us in school Brazil was the first to have a “real airplane”. I believe it inspired many kids to become inventors and scientists since we have someone with such recognition (at least I was inspired by it).
I’m here because I love the science bit of the course, but I’m terrible at history (I almost failed 6th grade because of the French revolution!). So the only way I can get through this material is with a group like this to support me when the difficult times come.