AMPERSAND HISTORY ¶ Intersections Between History & Science & Art & Music & Literature & Religion & Philosophy

This illustrated site shows ways in which different subjects – such as science, art, and religion – have overlapped with each other throughout history.

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Central Park, Vacation Home for the Poor. "New York is the finest city in the world." So boasted a young man travelling to England in 1850.

Place and time: New York City and London, 1850s.

Subject: Landscape architecture (arranging landscape for human use) and social welfare.

Galileo's Math Mystery. In 1610, the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei looked through his telescope at the sun and saw objects which all the world's scientists agreed could not exist.

Place and time: Italy, 17th century.

Subjects: Astronomy, optics, geometry, and art.


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