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Welcome

to the Home of

mifami.org,

 

the web-site of D. Newsome.

 

Here you will find links to my various web activities.

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List of Current and Recent Classes

some with links to Syllabi

 

Darwin in Context - NEW for 2014

Bard College - BPI

This class focuses primarily on the theories and opinions immediately preceding and following Darwin and Wallace

as well as the theories of Darwin and Wallace themselves.  Readings include al-Biruni, Burnet, Godwin, Malthus, Hutton, Chambers, Lyell, Lamarck, Mendel, Spencer, Tylor, Galton, Wells, Havelock, Fisher, Marx, Huxley, Ehrlich, and Dawkins.

 

Origins of Modern Science - 2014

Bard College - BPI

This class covers the history of science (mostly European) from ca. 1450–1750 and includes some limited mathematical discussions. 

[Students should be familiar with trigonometry.]

 

Citizen Science - 2013 and 2014

Bard College - BPI

This course is designed to find common ground between the sciences and the humanities.  The main focus is infectious diseases. 

Basic cell biology, evolutionary theory, laboratory methods, public health, scientific ethics, scientific communication,

antibiotic resistance, and HIV are among the many topics discussed. 

 

Medieval Natural Philosophy-2013

Bard College - BPI

This course mainly focuses on natural philosophies written in Latin and Arabic (in English translation) spanning ca. 750-1460.  Specific topics include astronomy, optics, medicine, anatomy, physiology, geology, and physics. 

This class introduces much of the natural philosophical background necessary

to read and understand the ideas presented in Ibn Tufayl's Hayy ibn Yaqzan, which we read at the end of the course.

 

Science Across Cultures – 2012 and 2013

Interdepartmental Seminar INSM 3940

Columbia University  – Co-taught with George Saliba

This course focuses on the natural philosophy of the Middle Ages–both European and Islamic.

Themes include astronomy, medicine, physiology, optics, physics and more broadly causation and the flow of ideas between and amongst cultures.

 

 

Citizen Science – 2013 and 2014

Bard College, Annandale

This course bridges the gap between the sciences and the humanities focusing on the specific topic of infectious diseases.

There is a wet-lab component, a methods unit, a unit on HIV, and another on bioethics, however, this only scratches the surface of what we cover.

 

Making a Scientific Revolution – 2012

NYU – Gallatin School

This course focuses mainly on the continuum of ideas flowing from Classical to Middle Ages and then into the Early Modern period. Scientific themes include mathematics, music theory, astronomy/astrology, perspective/optics, alchemy/chemistry, atomism, medicine/physiology, and physics.  Readings include Plato, Aristotle, Lucretius, Ptolemy, Galen, Plotinus, Boethius, Al-kindi, Alhazen, Avicenna, Ibn Tufayl, Averroes, Thomas Aquinas, Buridan, Oresme, Vesalius, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, and Leibniz.

 

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HHS 130B (Fall 2011) - A History of Science and Technology: HoST

Stevens Institute

 

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HHS 130E (Fall 2010) - A History of Science and Technology: HoST

Stevens Institute


Also taught at Stevens Institute…

HHS123 (Fall 09) - History of European Society and Culture to 1500 or 1800

 

HHS130ev (Fall 08) – A History of Science and Technology: HoST

 

HHS369ev (Fall 08) – A History of a Scientific Revolution: SciRev

 


I have also taught Word Civilizations classes covering all periods [early, middle, and modern] at John Jay College


A Selection of Interesting Student Projects


Writing across the Curriculum at City Tech (CUNY)

 

 

Writing Chemistry Lab Reports at City Tech

 



Publications

 

Newsome, Daniel. "The Math, Music, Metaphysics, and Mysticism of the Quadrivium: The Four Paths to a Theory of Structure." In Science, Technology, and the Humanities: A New Synthesis, edited by Lisa M. Dolling. Greenfield, MA: Jensen/Daniels Publishers, 2011. 

 

Deiner, L. Jay; Newsome, Daniel; Samaroo, Diana. Journal of Chemical Education, v89 n12 p1511-1514 Dec 2012

     Directed Self-Inquiry: A Scaffold for Teaching Laboratory Report Writing- 2012

 

 


Quadrivial Pursuit Media Outlet  (2011)



Quadrivial Trivia of the moment.

 

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Past Class Syllabi [From an old domain – many of deeper links are dead, but the general schedules have been updated and reposted.]


 

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Atlatls and Darts


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Simple Microscopes



A selection of my Visual Works


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