Image of group of people practicing Tai Chi in a field
Health And Fitness

Tai Chi: The Path Toward Mastery

December 21, 2016

Rather than being a strictly physical martial art, tai chi relies on a combination of the mental and the physical to create a harmonious set of movements. Take your first step into mastering these movements in this lecture by Professor David Dorian Ross. […]

European History

Education in the Renaissance

December 15, 2016

By Kenneth Bartlett, PhD, University of Toronto Education during the Italian Renaissance was carefully programmed to create students who were well-balanced and embodied the values of […]

A young man dressed in black with a skull in his hands.
British Literature

Hamlet and the Problem of Inaction

December 14, 2016

By Peter Saccio, Ph.D., Dartmouth College Hamlet is a young prince whose father has been murdered, who has difficulty finding an appropriate response. Severely criticized […]

St. Paul statue in front of St. Peters Basilica
Classical Philosophy

How Stoicism Influenced Christianity

December 14, 2016

By Daniel N. Robinson, PhD, Oxford University Before Christianity, there was Stoicism, an ancient Greek philosophy whose tenets—such as monotheism and belief in a rational […]

Greek philosopher Plato
Applied Math

Mathematics and Plato’s Guardians

December 14, 2016

By David Roochnik, PhD, Boston University In Plato’s Republic, the great philosopher lays out his thoughts and prescriptions for the best way to organize society. Power, he […]

Photograph of Albert Einstein during a lecture in Vienna in 1921
History of Science

Einstein’s Experimental Elevator

December 14, 2016

In 1907, physicist Albert Einstein devised what we now call the “elevator” thought experiment, in which he dreamed up the idea of having an entire physics laboratory inside a falling elevator. The result of Einstein’s experimental elevator experiment was nothing less than the principles underlying the General Theory of Relativity. […]

Ptolemaic-geocentric-model (Image: Unknown/Public domain)
History of Science

The Birth of Modern Science

December 14, 2016

By Steven L. Goldman, PhD, Lehigh University One enduring mystery of modern science is why it developed where and when it did. Had modern science emerged in late Greco-Roman antiquity, […]

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