Technology In Continental Europe 1400-1600

Ah, Europe from 1400-1600. Right in the heart of the Renaissance. Where the art was blooming, science was rocketing, and the technology was advancing faster than the blink of an eye. Some even call this time period the bridge between the middle ages and modern history! So why not take a little trip across that metaphorical bridge and look at the technology continental Europe brought to the table.

Photo from: https://lowiczanka.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/the-history-of-poland-you-never-knew/

There’s a lot to cover in terms of inventors and inventions, but here’s a little taste of the more famous European inventors from this time period:

Galileo Galilei was a very famous Italian scientist, mathematician, astronomer, engineer, and philosopher. He discovered a lot in his lifetime that left an enormous impact on our world. The pendulum clock, telescope, and thermometer are just a few things we can thank Galileo for.

A huge step I terms of technological advancement in this time period was the printing press. Johannes Guttenberg was a German Goldsmith who produced the printing press around 1440. The press was used to create the first printed bibles- a major victory in the middle ages!

While most of us know Leonardo Da Vinci as the famous painter and sculptor, but he also had a hand in inventing the Submarine! He developed the idea of the submarine (along with many other things) on paper and Cornelious Van Drebbel brought the idea to life. The first Sub was made of wood and waterproof leather!

Robert Boyle was an Irish philosopher, chemist, physicist and inventor. He was the first person on earth to produce fire through the chemical action of two substances. Creating the pathway to what we now call matches and match boxes.

Those were just some of the main inventions that this time period had to offer. However there are far more ideas that were developed in Continental Europe. Ideas of astrology, navigation and the outside world were far in the works. Smaller inventions and ideals led to bigger ones. Continental Europe blossomed from 1400-1600 and I find it incredible how many things we have now that was inspired by those who lived so long ago.

For more on Technology check out:

bookunitsteacher.com and inventionware.com

For more on Continental Europe check out:

Brian’s Blog http://brian.talons43.ca (Economics)

Benjamin’s Blog http://benjamins.talons43.ca (Government)

Kendra’s Blog http://kendra.talons43.ca (Religion)

 

 

There are no stupid questions- but are there ones we cannot answer?

When given the opportunity to brainstorm provocative questions, I had many diverse inquiries come to mind. Here are some of my most thought provoking:

  1. Why are struggles viewed as negative when they shape who you are?
  2. Why is it believed that your birth date affects your personality? (astrology)
  3. What is holding back scientists from curing cancer?
  4. If everyone sees colours differently, what are the chances we all have the same favourite colour but call it by different names?
  5. Is beauty really in the eye of the beholder?

The questions on the list that I am inspired to pursue are numbers two and three. I have a feeling that with enough research I will be able to find an answer. There has to be reasons why astrology is a thing and as to why cancer remains an unsolved mystery. I know that people whose occupations revolve around these questions will be able to provide a resonable answer.

The rest of these questions I find very intimidating because everyone would answer them differently. I cannot truly enlist anyone to answer them due to conflicting opinions, however another response may open my eyes and alter my perception.

When it comes to these five questions, there isn’t a complete answer. You will only know you have found a solution when you feel that you are satisfied with the result. Success is isn’t nessisarily a destination in this case, just a feeling you may or may not have after disscussing or researching these inquiries.

I believe that my choosing of these questions shows that I have a very cuirious mind. My thoughts aren’t exactly connected, and I wonder about so many things that I can’t nessisarily answer. I love questions that make me think constantly and hearing other people’s opinions even if I don’t agree.

 

Christopher Columbus: Hero or Zero?

Maybe just two weeks ago, if someone were to ask me who Christopher Columbus was, I would have told them “Oh he’s just a renaissance explorer who discovered the America’s by accident.” Little did I know the actual damage that he had started! Previous to this lesson, I had never heard anything bad about Columbus. I thought he was a hero like most people do, but usually people whose name can be associated with genocide don’t get a day named after them. Yes, of course we can be thankful for the bravery he had and the knowledge he used to get us to were we are now. However, I think he was over celebrated, which was probably the reason his mistakes were repeated over and over in history. People were blinded by his greatness which caused so much more suffering than there could have been in order for there to be ‘progress’. I know it’s too late to change everyone’s calendars, but I find it silly how we praise Columbus and not all the victims who passed away back then. I think everyone should get to know Christopher Columbus a little better.