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II.23 - Scientific Teaching of the Twelfth Century

from Thirteenth Century

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 January 2024

Edited with Introduction and Notes by
Carolinne White
Affiliation:
University of Oxford
Catherine Conybeare
Affiliation:
Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
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In the twelfth century, medicine was one of the areas which developed rapidly thanks to the influence of newly discovered texts in Greek and Arabic. Here that new learning is represented by Adelard of Bath’s Quaestiones Naturales, in which Adelard and his uncle discuss various scientific matters, and by the Salernitan Questions, a set of random questions on various observations about nature, a work that may derive from the teachings at Salerno in Italy, one of the main centres of medicine at the time. The questions they put and the preconceptions they have are often surprising and amusing to a modern reader.

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Print publication year: 2024

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