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Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 05:36 (UTC); 61 articles and 324 pages in English
Tsai Lun (50-121), inventor, initiated and standardized paper-making; Hypatia of Alexandria (350-415), mathematician, natural philosopher, and teacher at the famed Library of Alexandria, Egypt; Ibn al-Haytham (Alhazen) (965-1040), major contributor to eight subjects including optics, astronomy, and visual perception, appears on a dinar banknote; Hildegard von Bingen (1079-1179), polymath, Benedictine abbess, botanist, and prolific writer; Archimedes (c. 287 BC-c. 212 BC), mathematician, mechanician, astronomer, inventor; Jang Young-sil (c. early 15th century), inventor, astronomer, technical craftsman to King Sejong; Ibn Sina (Avicenna) (980-1037), polymath in philosophy, astronomy, alchemy, geology, psychology, Islamic theology, logic, mathematics, physics, and poetry.

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9 January 2012 in Focus: Classes 19, 20, pairs ready for 17th Presentation Contest

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Classes 19, 20 students make last-minute adjustments to their presentations ahead of Saturday's seventeenth installment of the history presentation contest.

Frost-studded windows, taken with a silent, overcast horizon. Outside a hazy window, trees assume their mid-season brilliant white from the falling chaff. Days of frigid temperatures and chilly hallways huddle students into the cornered Chungmu Hall classroom, C202, reducing once requisite snowball fights to just sporadic few-minute sessions between classes. Rows of chairs fill with silent onlookers yet the room frenzies in activity. Teaching-assistant Yoo Seung-in, touting a peach-hue card over his head, indicates the thirty-second grace period. The student continues the speech, her voice suddenly rasps in the conclusion. After minutes of questioning, discussion, and some quick laughs, the last of the twelve Class-20 students sits, mulls over notes, wondering whether she should have talked about forces, buoyancy, and a cylinder. Does she know enough about its history? The process repeats a few hours later in Class-19, which has eleven students, all in history of science topics. Afterwards, two teachers and the teaching-assistant stare at a computer screen, pondering at the numerical spreadsheet.

This week's scoring is different. For, after two weeks of reading, coaching, analyzing, questioning, and citing sources, the two selected winners will advance to a grandeur venue, not another breezy classroom, and to a Saturday not Wednesday booking. The campwide History Presentation Contest, held just once each GLPS, showcases some of the most talented (among very talented) students across 24 classes. Only the top 16 percent in each level (level 1, total of 12 among a pool of 72 students in classes 19-24) are selected through a combination of 'soft' and 'hard' skills to advance to the camp-wide gala.

Kim Ji-yoon surveys AD 8th century Islamic astronomy and astrology during the Abbasid Caliphate from the Greeks.
Purpose of a GLPS2 Presentation?
To lead students to uncover context, use sources in academic English, ask good questions, analyze, be independent and original, and to organize a presentation.
On that frosty Wednesday two students each in classes 19 and 20 emerged with a generous dash of talent: topic hypothesis, points, background, interpretation, and final judgement, all in a foreign language and often through a mix of abstract physical, chemical and astronomical concepts. Kim Ji-yoon (C19), class president, model-student, stellar personality, compares classical Greek and medieval Islamic science through land and sea routes into the burgeoning, expanding, commanding Islamic empire from the late eighth century. Through the process, she uncovers surprising results: astronomy and astrology share common origins; science entered into a quite progressive Abbasid Caliphate from multiple directions; and Islamic scientists greatly extended, refined, and corrected Hellenistic ideas. Their contributions to science are under-reported if not corrosively ignored. In classroom work, Jiyoon is quick to laugh; she is caring, responsible, and compassionate. In classroom performance, she studies on Sundays in C202, translating highly abstract words such as azimuth, nadir, circumpolar, and astrolabe. Hard work pays off. She finishes in second place in week two, surveying the historical development of the Roman calendar around the time of Caesar, and sets the standard in week three, finishing first with, "Islamic astronomy and astrology, and how it came from the Greeks". For it she sifts through three sources, including college-level survey texts, and continually rewrites the presentation draft until the understanding helps her to distance from unoriginal copying.

There is no demand placed on the students to acquire content knowledge. Instead, emphases are placed on the learning of context, use of primary sources in English, asking of good questions, analyzing, demonstration of independence and originality, and organization of a paper and presentation. Readers are not tasked with becoming experts in the history of science. As students are still in secondary school, being a kid plays a sizable role, too. Racing to slide across the floor with the teacher and "ang-dancing" are camp classics.

Song Jae-heon reviews the world's first seismometer developed by Zhang Heng in AD 132.

Across the room, staring self-possessed at his notebook, sits Song Jae-heon (Steve; C19). A generous, polite, hardworking young man, in the first week Steve reads excerpts of ray-tracing and various hypotheses of light from antiquity to better grasp how the Greeks like Euclid and later Muslim Persians like Alhazen understood the nature of vision. Piecing together an effective presentation about extramission (ancient hypothesis that our eyes were like light-houses) and intromission (the contemporaneous theory that light reflects from objects and into the eye and optic nerves), Steve comments about the 300 BC works of Euclid, the 1000 AD works of Alhazen, and quotes about the latter's disatisfaction with Euclid's "forms"; the Muslim scholar's work later leads to our modern view of the psychology of perception. Fast forward a week and Steve substantially improves in organization and abstract thought, delivering a convincing presentation about the world's first earthquake detector, or seismometer, developed by Zhang Heng in AD 132, 1,700 years before the Europeans. Focusing between the years 100 to 1200 in six minutes of oral discussion, Steve surveys the Eastern Han Dynasty, China's seismic activity, Zhang Heng's persona, and explains the physics behind the device.

In it he relates an interesting story. In one famous anecdote: "one day a ball dropped from a dragon but was unaccompanied with tremble. Thinking the device was broken, court officials began to doubt its authenticity. Several days letter a messenger arrived bringing news of an earthquake that devastated Lung Hsi, 640 kilometers away. They never doubted it again."

Using terms like inertia, force, levers, pins and accompanying the talk with illustrations, Steve dazzles both teachers and the TA with drawings and modern interpretations of the triggering mechanism. Explaining the physics of pendulum motion and resistance to change, with time to mention its impact, he, too uncovers some original interpretations (previously unknown to him, of course) -- by the 1200s, a thousand years into the device, not only do the Chinese nearly lose track of its existence, but also the technology never assumes a sphere of influence outside of China. Steve offers why at the competition.

Hwang Da-eun presents the technical achievements of Archimedes during the tumultuous Second Punic War (218-201 BC).
In her second presentation, Hwang Da-eun (C20) presents the life and science of Arkhimedes of Syrakoúsai (Archimedes of Syracuse); an account of skirmishes between Rome and Syracuse for supremacy over the island, King Hiero I and II, and naval warfare. Archimedes was fascinated by levers, pulleys, and the interaction of solids and liquids. He wrote books on floating bodies and designed immense cranes and catapults to harass the Roman navy's approach during their siege of Syracuse. After two years of frustrating attempts, commander Marcellus finally launched a successful attack. Story has it that during the sack of the city, Archimedes was killed by a Roman soldier because he refused to cooperate, preferring to focus on a mathematical problem. Writing two centuries after the event, Roman historian Livy claimed that Marcellus was distressed at the news of his death and inquired for the relatives and saw to his proper burial.

Da-eun then moves on to natural sciences and mathematics; mind you she is in her teens.

Half-way into the presentation she discusses buoyancy, the lever, and area under a downward parabola. All but a few can digest with her points. Da-eun then rounds her report concluding with a final take-home message while nodding to Archimedes' principles that impact modern conveniences. The presentation takes tremendous effort for a young person: lots of reading in Polybius, in primary sources such as Polybius and Livy, which is advanced in level; she manages concepts, and reads two other books to put the ideas into their proper historical context. Da-eun celebrates her top finish with a cup of hot-chocolate and a few text deliveries to close friends. She glances again at handouts the next afternoon.

Lee Yeonwu relates the stunning development of the Chinese magnetic compass from Han (2nd century BC) to Song (13th century AD) dynasties.
The heading of Level 1 promises freedom to independently pursue interests. Lee Yeonwu (C20) does not disappoint. Touting a Justin Bieber crop, Yeonwu sits at his desk, silently nodding to a throwback from Paul Oakenfold: "Ready, Steady, Go", fitting for his run at GLPS the past three weeks. He, too shares a self-possessed desire to learn and employs the spare time at his disposal cataloguing, exploring, and crafting.

A project can be as small or big as the thinker envisions it. With independence, initiative, and curiosity, Yeonwu set himself in the first week to ancient Arabic internal medicine and the works of ninth century physician Al-Razi. Al-Razi was a prominent figure in the Islamic Golden Age, contributing to over 200 books and generally acknowledged as the "father of pediatrics" for systematically studying diseases in children. At first Yeonwu recoils about working on anything to do with the region, maintaining that he lacks such knowledge, Arabic names are challenging to read, Islamic achievement is categorically obscure, and the Middle East is to a degree veiled in disapproval. However, by the end of the first week his mood changes and subscribes to Islamic antiquity. Despite the material’s technical difficulty that manifest into some presentation errors, Yeonwu's essential understanding is strong, finishing at the top; with negligible teacher direction he immediately moves his effort East to the stunning Chinese invention of the magnetic compass. Laboring through a number of sources including the popular science book Riddle of the Compass by Amir Aczel, Yeonwu reads in raptures at the brilliant invention developed over a period beginning in the second century BC in the Han Dynasty to before the end of the Song Dynasty in the thirteenth century.

Used to indicate direction, navigators especially put the compass to good use at sea as extant land was lost sight. Scholars believe the Chinese began to understand the magnetic properties of the mineral lodestone and used it to arrange buildings for talismanic luck, known as feng shui or to us as geomantics. The first practical application of lodestone is believed to have been done at the palace of Chin Shi Hwang in 221 BC. The entire gate was made of it and anyone who tried to enter with weapons would be found out. It was perhaps the world's first iron detector. After grappling with putting the handouts of the various Chinese compasses in their proper chronological order and understanding the science in their construction, Yeonwu fronts the class and delivers ardent views about the Song, compass designs, and its impact on the world. It turns out in the 1200s the Venetians were keen to import the technology, though its impression elsewhere was neither immediate nor revolutionary. Nevertheless, Yeonwu concludes, glancing at a friend's keychain-compass, that its gradual impact on exploration was comprehensive, enduring, commencing a new era for human civilization.

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21 January 2012: Classes 19, 20 receive accolades at GLPS 17

Despite a thorny start at GLPS 17 (lackluster performance at the 'pop-song' contest; gesticulations from the writing program) and losing two students by the end of week three, class 19 pridefully reflect about four camp-wide accomplishments: jump-rope competition (1st place), 17th Presentation Contest (3rd place, Song Jae-heon), mock trial (decisive victory, team 19A), and Best PA (3rd place, Kim Yun-young). Class 20, too, can appreciate recognized efforts: 17th Speech Contest (2nd place, Yun San, thanks to her coach), mock trial (two decisive victories, teams 20A and 20B, thanks to Messrs. Humphrey and Blaney). Other recognition includes in-class accomplishments: model student (Kim Ji-yoon), mathematics (Shin Hyesu), most-improved (Yun Aram), and best blogger (Kim Ji-yoon). Congratulations to teachers and students!

21 January 2012: Class Portraits

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11 August 2012: History of science students continue to stimulate interest at contests

Class 20, 21 work imprints upon 18th presentation venue.

On an unusually cool, dry summer's night in Dasan Hall, a group of students present work about Eratosthenes' measurement of earth's circumference two-thousand years ago, the effect of Feng Shui on China's border countries, the inauspicious psychology of comet sightings, and the transfer of astronomical knowledge during 'Chinese Wave I'. In a program that did not exist a year ago, students blend both content and context learning to better grasp the comingled effects of science and society in the East, Middle East, and West.
Cha Shi-eun considers Eratosthenes of Kyrene's (c. 276 BC-c. 195 BC) geodetic work, as reported in secondary sources.

Tapping on her notes and using several highlighters to underscore key points as she fronts the audience, Cha Shi-eun (class 20) bemoans the tendency of readers to trust contemporary authors who write on much older science topics, reporting the near confusion of several secondary sources in how Eratosthenes of Kyrene (c. 276 BC–c. 195 BC) determined earth's circumference. Cha relates to judges that when she first took on the topic about the famed Greek mathematician, she did so because it seemed that topic was well-vetted in the literature—that is—safe. Little did she realize that her self-possessed curiosity would not only lead her to uncover that secondary sources are at times nebulous in reliability, but also that the sources themselves would become the centerpiece of her project.

Eratosthenes is credited in calculating the circumference of the earth by the use of sticks, shadows, feet, and brains. His reckoning more than two thousand years ago of 240,000 stadia (~39,000 kilometers) is within four percent of the modern value (40,075 kilometers). His work advanced the study of geodesy.

In her seven minute presentation, Cha retraces, compiles, and categorizes incoherence among five books in the crucial specifics of his calculation. Not only does she come to small discrepancies about the object used to observe the shadows (a stick in some books, an obelisk in others, a water well in yet another), but she also recounts that there is no general unanimity in how the distance was measured (pacer in one book, camels in others, a soldier mentioned in passing in another). She
Park Jiyeon outlines the effects Feng Shui foundation theories had on Han's border regions.
took the question one step further. "All of the books report on a single stadia unit. But, when I searched this on Wikipedia, I found that there were stadia units of different lengths depending on the claimant. The books today use just one kind of stadia. I am unsure whether the authors know about it." A quick literature survey shows that secondary sources are not as authoritative as students think, and there is presently no general agreement as to how Eratosthenes calculated the size of the earth to within four percent error. Cha's take home message to readers is of course that the research is not closed, but, most notably, hat not everything in a book is true.

Meanwhile, three other students showcase their work at the presentation contest among the audience and judges on Saturday night. Park Jiyeon (class 20), after reporting on famed polymath Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179) in week two, relocates her attention on East Asian science by asking, "Did Feng-shui affect cultures that bordered Chinese dynasties such as the Han?" Park conducts a short literature review based on Srapp (2008), Fung (1948), and Twicken (2000) to clarify Feng Shui interpretation on various societies. As her speaking slot ends, a judge puts a question to her about her central thesis. "Feng Shui design directs this kind of city layout, but, not all cities then used that layout. Does that not destroy her thesis?" Park, scanning the room as she composes her response, absorbs, and declares that there most certainly were exceptions to the rule, but those exceptions involve plans that changed merely the orientation of the design, and not the composition of mountains, rivers, and other layout items.

A swathe of fear: Park Jeong-weon explores the psychological impact of comet sightings on royal courts before 1600.
In her latest presentation, Park Jeong-weon (class 21) reports on the psychological effect comet sightings invoked on communities as they cut swathes across the sky. A timeline of sightings indicates that the Babylonians and Chinese witnessed comets streak across the sky as early as 2,300 BC. More precisely, Shiji documents a comet sighting in 24 BC; the Babylonians records in 164 BC; and mention is made again in the Book of Han in 87 BC. In AD 66, a comet sighting over Jerusalem is frenetically interpreted as doom. Coincidentally, that year Jerusalem is razed to the ground by Roman forces. The first recorded observation in Europe is in 912, in the Annals of Ulster. The appended note is written by a very worried scribe. Comet sightings would become serious business more than a century later. A comet depicted on the Bayeux tapestry commemorates the victory by William of Normandy over Harold at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. It is said that William and his forces auspiciously interpreted the omen as efforting ever more to run Harold's defeat to completion. Comets are next chronicles in 1145 (Monk Eadwine), 1456 (Regiomantus), 1470 (Bartolmeo Platina), 1520 (allegedly by Aztec ruler Moctezuma II), and 1550 (Girolamo Cardano). Many historians believe that when Moctezuma II witnessed the horizon mantling the comet known today by the eponymn Haley, thinking it was a premonition, he capitulated his throne to the encroaching Spanish conquistadors led by Hernando Cortes. Park details comet sightings from ancient chronicles to sixteenth century European annals, follows corresponding commentaries in royal court documents, and penetrates a view of the topic into its historical context. A lively contributor to the history of the sciences class, Park Jeong-weon joined the presentation team after offering her question, "How did Mi Hwang-fu influence acupuncture during the Jin?," with strong marks. The following week Park addresses a topic that becomes the most popular at camp, the development of beer in Mesopotamia.

Significant transfer of compositions of knowledge from Changan (Sui) to Nara (Azuka period) challenges Yoon Seong-ho's assumptions about calendrical sciences in "Chinese Wave I" (600-894).
Unique diplomatic exchanges between the royal courts of Sui and Kyoto (Asuka period) intermittently sent across the sea to Changan are recorded in sea missions beginning in the seventh century. Among the practical exchanges—usually one-way—the Japanese state apparatus also hankered over astronomical and calendrical technology. From 600 to 894 deemed "Chinese Wave I," substantial compositions of sinocentric knowledge transferred eastward to expand the Sui's sphere of influence. Yoon Seong-ho explains how Sugimoto and Swain (1978) challenge his assumptions about the way information traveled outward to nascent states. In it, he explains three known sea routes the Japanese utilized—630-655 a trajectory along the Korean coast to enter Shandong; 702-752 southward lane along Okinawa to access Suzhou; and 773-838 a more committal direction to both Suzhou and Ningbo—in order to gain access to Sui's rich crafts, niceties, and literature. Among the crafts, much effort was put into understanding Chinese calendrical science. "In the tributaries to Sui, the Japanese were interested in how to implement calendars into their own court back at home," Yoon says. "It was meant to become a family affair, passed down from one generation to the next." Two judges question Yoon's interpretation of the status of calendar making among the social strata during the Asuka period, but in general Yoon finds a few ways to better elucidate persuasive Nara counsels in their effort to advance with the times.

Both spatial and temporal diversity increased at GLPS 18. There was a substantial increase in the number of topics that covered the ancient Near East and Mesopotamia. Requests by students also included more selections in health care, botany, and women scientists. For example, Kwon Shi-eun grappled with ancient texts to study the manufacturing of perfume in the 12th century, Park Sung-hyun mulled over Faiella (2005), Sarton (1959), and Taton (1963) to understand the development of land transportation in Mesopotamia, and Hwang Si-yeon studied Nasr (2007) and other texts on an exploration of hospitals in Baghdad and Damascus in the middle ages as leading centers in health care. Assumed topics on ancient women included Hypatia (d. 415) and Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179).

Other factors may have contributed to the burgeoning of new research topics at GLPS 18. The school's generous expansion of history of science books on its library shelves, an additional 65 gigabytes of BBC and other programming documentaries launched this summer, and greater contact time with TAs, have been noted in daily classroom interactions this camp.

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18 August 2012: Classes 20, 21 proudly finish at GLPS 18

Despite being a bit smaller, younger, and delivering one fewer presentation unlike other level-one classes, the history of the sciences team is proud to announce exceptional results at GLPS 18 among a total of eighty participants (in typical cases). Though the class philosophy is 1. Have fun; 2. Learn something new, with little mention of winning, we pay credit thus.

18 August 2012: Class portrait

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20 October 2012: AP History students represent KMLA in research at the First IHPST in Asia

Park Joo-won, Ko Hae-uk, represent KMLA in history themes at the International History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching Group (IHPST) international conference in Seoul, 18-20 October.

Hosted by Seoul National University and populated by over 150 attendees from more than 20 countries, two KMLA high school students vying to showcase their research participated in IHPST's first ever meeting in Asia. The KMLA entrustment was supervised by Alexander Ganse—teacher of advanced placement (AP) history, architect behind the WHKMLA: World History at KMLA website, and manager at GLPS.

For Park Joo won (senior) and Ko Hae-uk (sophomore), it was a chance encounter to experience an international conference whose central theme overlaps with their summer's AP world history course. Ganse’s innovative teaching led three students (one student withdrew due to examinations) to successfully gain entry to display poster presentations during the conference’s junior session, a segment designed for younger researchers such as postdoctoral associates and postgraduates a spot to casually discuss research results in an informal yet at times intense setting. Park and Ko are two of only four other high school presenters, and are seven years younger than the other poster presenters, most of whom are postgraduates at research universities in Korea, Asia, and even Europe.

It was a great experience to conduct science research in a history class, for I learned how important it is to comprehend the intertwined nature of science and history.
Park Joo-won discusses research implications with a Kyoto Univ. philosopher of science.
Initially the two industrious students' interests needed some enhancement by Ganse. "In April Art Michalak told me IHPST was coming up, he was to present there using his GLPS experience in his presentation. He suggested I attend the conference, and he suggested KMLA students to participate with their own presentations," he said. "My thoughts—a bit ambitious for high school students, but, also a great opportunity to experience the workings of science in action."

Park Joo-won, a graduating senior, put her term paper into the presentation, "Management of Nuclear Power in History," and Ko Hae-uk, a sophomore presently on leave, prepared, "Transfer of Knowledge and Skills from the World of Islam to Christian Europe." Though a majority of work came from the students, much was honed by Ganse’s expertise in constructive criticism, historical context, and content refinement.

For their part, the student restlessly prepared. Park completed her paper during spring semester, revised it, and prepared with great care for the conference. Park and Ganse attended fifteen oral presentations of other researchers, and in ten of those she queried the presenter or offered a comment. In one exposition slot, the researcher listed eight types of student misinterpretation of scientific topic taught in class. After Park's comment, the researcher's list expanded to nine types. Impressive for an eighteen year old.

The three day conference featured dozens of oral presentations by some of the most active academicians and teachers around, plenary sessions by distinguished scholars, and invited symposia set in an interactive format. Park Joo-won energetically participated in post-presentation discussion and entered into personal communication with attendees.

Ko Hae-uk reacts to a question concerning the world of Islam and Christian Europe.
It was the first time when grown professionals stopped to listen to what I had to say on academic themes. Not only that, it influenced my preference of study; IHPST might have just gained one more future presenter this year.
At the start of the junior session, both Park and Ko engage passersby with uncharacteristic enthusiasm for a poster compere. Park spares no modicum of time in handing out page summaries with references, intones her research implications to bystanders, and even dispenses her own name-cards to participants on parade. Her segment is a cross between a carnival and a breaking news piece. She has the mark of a professional. Some international postgraduates begin to mistake KMLA for a graduate school, and the pair as its ambassadorial arm. In addition to Ganse, Park cites her mathematics teacher, Colin Hinde, as an inspiration. With the exception of the first ten minutes, the pair busily explained their research results to a sizable minority of the conference attendance.

Ultimately, the junior session had to end, but not without senior faculty echoing in the halls among each other, "but they’re only high school students." The time in the junior session was transformed into a new focus, a quality built on initial efforts by the organizers to insert a younger section only on condition it would be of quality. Ganse, Park, and Ko do not fail to impress. The experience on the KMLA delegation was positive.

IHPST participants from KMLA and Seoul National University, led by Alexander Ganse, Arthur E. Michalak, pose for a group shot.
"Even if our KMLA students would not have presented at the conference and if they would not have said a word, would not have exchanged contact information with anybody, it would have been a gain," says Ganse. "They saw that they could follow, let us say, most of the presentations given. They could see that the scholars also only boil with water (are not perfect)," Ganse affirms. In addition, the students experienced the difference between an oral and a poster presentation, and differences among young scholars, invited speakers, and distinguished professors.

The students made most of the opportunities provided in the venue, established some contacts, impressed IHPST's first ever installment in Asia, and fit seamlessly into the conference. It appears that the experiment on high school students at a major conference was a viewed as a success by education promoters. Even more, Alexander Ganse's innovative teaching style is living proof that a form of education that shifts its pivot away from the teacher and onto the student works.

"History of science class at GLPS, and the attendance of IHPST, served to deepen my understanding of the area, as well as to widen my horizon," Ganse maintains.

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19 January 2013: Class 22 students prepare for 19th presentation contest

24 January 2013: GLPS 19 class portrait

15 February 2013: GLPS program admits to top universities

Left to right: Cho Anan (GLPS 18 head TA), Kim Do-young (GLPS 19 history of the sciences), Myeong Do-hyeong (GLPS 18 history of the sciences), and Oh Kwonsok (GLPS 19 history of the sciences). The students are going abroad to respectively read history, physics and philosophy, history, and applied mathematics.

We are proud to recognize the hard work of KMLA students involved in the GLPS history section. Congratulations to to Cho Anan, who will read history at the University of Oxford; Kim Do-young, physics and philosophy, University of Oxford; Myeong Do-hyeong, history, Princeton University; and Oh Kwonsok (GLPS 19 history of science), applied mathematics, Brown University! We at the history of the sciences program are personally grateful for their contributions, proud of their achievements, and wish them the best in their endeavors!

Congratulations to Park Joo-won for receiving admission to Columbia University to study applied sciences! Park presented a poster at the IHPST in Seoul on October 2012. Good luck!.

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10 August 2013: History of science students present at perhaps the most contestable presentation gala to date

Class 20 students prepare for the 20th presentation contest. Kim Ji-hee retraces Ibn Al-Haytham's mathematical explanation of the al-bayt al-Muslim (camera obscura), explains how it works, and the impact it had on the rest of physics. Her sources are Islamic Science: An Illustrated Study, by S. H. Nasr, Ibn al-Haytham, by B. Steffans, and Science and Civilization in Islam, by S. H. Nasr. Kwon Oh-jun defines the difference between the geocentric and heliocentric systems before addressing the world's largest astronomical observatory in the middle ages, Maragha, and the development and refinement of astronomical work lead by Nasr al-Din al-Tusi. His sources are Science in Medieval Islam, by H. R. Turner, Islamic Science and Engineering, by D. Hill, Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance, by G. Saliba, and the House of Wisdom, by J. al-Khalili.

17 August 2013: Class 20 history of the sciences group photo

15 September 2013: Photo with history of science TA at Princeton

I go home to New Jersey and visit Myeong Dohyung, my former history of science TA at KMLA. She is a freshman at Princeton University. Good luck Dohyung!

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13 August 2014: Two class 21 students finish with high marks at the 23rd presentation contest

Research on the chemistry and social consequences of lead poisoning about the decline of the Roman Empire claimed second prize, while work on steam technology covering Heron of Alexandria (c. 10 – c. 70) earned high marks at the 23rd Presentation Contest. Yu Mina researched the body of evidence that the Roman Empire could have collapsed by lead poisoning through the empire's vast pipe network, offering her own skeptical judgment of the monocause. Yoon Sejong reviewed the earliest accounts of steam technology by Heron and investigated why the Industrial Revolution did not occur 1700 years ago in Alexandria. A total of ten students—who won their in-class competitions from a pool of seventy five—advanced to the final round of presentations and discussion Wednesday night. The history of science program is pleased that Yu Mina finished in second and Yoon Sejong finished in fifth, narrowly behind fourth.

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9 October 2014: Notice of curriculum change at GLPS 23

School has informed that at this winter's GLPS 23 I will be involved in the new Activity & Experiment modules, "science of snow" and "astronomy & the stars". History of science resumes next summer at GLPS 24.

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20 April 2015

This summer two courses are on offer: history of the natural sciences and the Activity & Experiment modules: "egg drop challenge" and "physics of flight."

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12 August 2015: History of science students rally to place first, second, at 24th contest

This summer term our students worked very hard on their projects, taking the unique approach of looking through their work through the lens of revolution. I am proud to announce that our students took first, second, at the 24th history contest.

14 August 2015: Class 21 history of the sciences group photo

15 August 2015: Best job around

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