Unit 23: Andreas Vesalius and Anatomy
- History Web Lecture: Vesalius shares much with Leonardo. Try to draw out how the two men accomplished many similar things personally, but Vesalius' influence was much greater in his own lifetime and immediately after, because he was able to publish his discoveries.
- Science Web Lecture: The discussion of the nervous system tries to take the material from the last unit a bit further and discusses in some detail the actual parts of the nervous system, the operation of a neuron and the implications secretion of neurotransmitters has for the health of the nerves and the human brain.
- Homework: The homework is pretty straightforward, and is meant to help the student recall basic concepts about the nervous system and senses.
- Discussion: We will talk about how cultural conventions can restrict scientific investigation, and how these convictions arise from religious and community concerns.
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