Apr 14 2013

Science class from this morning

Published by at 12:28 pm under Bible

Modern Science in the age of Modern History (Modern Era)

Science, systematized knowledge derived from observation, study, and experimentation carried on in order to determine the nature or principles of what is being studied.
– Webster, 1975

Authority to develop science found early in the Bible: Genesis 1:26-28

Ancient Science:  “Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.”  -Daniel 1:4

Since at least 600 years before Christ, there has been an effort to learn and know science.  What science and engineering would have been documented at this time?

Modern Science, the past 513 years, is characterized by a relatively rapid pace of developments in mathematics, physics, astronomy, biology, chemistry, and medicine, and coincides with the Protestant Reformation and the Renaissance.  Science advanced at a rapid pace during this period due to invention of the printing press, mathematical discovery, and the scientific method.  A few of the key mathematicians of the Modern Era were:  Blaise Pascal, 1623 – 1662; Isaac Newton, 1642 – 1727; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, 1646 – 1716; Leonhard Euler, 1707 – 1783; Joseph Fourier 1768 – 1830; Carl Friedrich Gauss, 1777 – 1855; Augustin-Louis Cauchy, 1789 – 1857; Bernhard Riemann, 1826 – 1866

The basic notation used in Calculus today was set by Leibniz of Germany.

Gutenberg Bible was in Latin, 1450’s.  Luther translated the Bible into German.

Martin Luther and the other reformers did their work in the bridge from the Middle Ages to the Modern Era.  Luther’s undergraduate education included math and science:  http://www.luther.de/en/geburt.html

Until the Lord returns, there will always be a debate between the secular point of view and a Biblical point of view on science:

“Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”  – Psalm 100:3

Many scientists were, and are, motivated by faith.  (literary support of this has been brought to class for those who would like to read some of it), Matthew Maury, Michael Faraday, Johannes Kepler

For young people, math and science require a disciplined approach:  “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:  Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.”  – 1 Timothy 6: 20, 21

Algebra, trigonometry, Calculus, matrix algebra, scalar products, vector products, vector spaces, Fourier series, all used in physics today

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2 Responses to “Science class from this morning”

  1. Lorenon 21 Apr 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks for the direction to your website. I’ll have to read more of your stuff, just to see how far I can get.

    This month’s LUTHERAN (free at the church) has a science/evolution article. I haven’t read it yet, but I will.

    Keep in touch.


  2. Carl F.on 05 May 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Here’s an Ada Lovelace quote I very much like (she has so many great quotes):

    “Those who view mathematical science, not merely as a vast body of abstract and immutable truths, whose intrinsic beauty, symmetry and logical completeness, when regarded in their connexion together as a whole, entitle them to a prominent place in the interest of all profound and logical minds, but as possessing a yet deeper interest for the human race, when it is remembered that this science constitutes the language through which alone we can adequately express the great facts of the natural world, and those unceasing changes of mutual relationship which, visibly or invisibly, consciously or unconsciously to our immediate physical perceptions, are interminably going on in the agencies of the creation we live amidst: those who thus think on mathematical truth as the instrument through which the weak mind of man can most effectually read his creator’s works, will regard with especial interest all that can tend to facilitate the translation of its principles into explicit practical forms.”

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