Honors 110: Introduction to Research
T R 12:00 - 1:15 PM
Course-wide Lectures will be held on selected Fridays in ENT 178.
Instructor: Prof. Rose Cherubin
Office: Robinson B462
Office hours: TR 3:00 - 4:00 PM; R 10:00 - 11:00 AM; additional times available by appointment
Office phone: 3-1332
Graduate Teaching Assistant: Mr. John Woolsey
Office: Enterprise 306
Office hours: T 1:30 - 3:00 PM; R 2:00 - 4:00 PM (Thursday hours by appointment only). Mr. Woolsey’s office hours begin on September 5.
As the highly detailed renderings on this plate (340-330 BCE)
suggest, the ancient Greeks were very interested in learning about sea
creatures. For most Greeks, this interest was concerned mainly with
learning how to catch them and how to cook them in new and exciting
ways. Aristotle (384-322 BCE), however, embarked on a new kind of
investigation, the first known program of empirical and
systematic research into how fish and other animals breathed, moved,
matured, lived, and reproduced. He also explored what should count as
scientific evidence or proof and why. Aristotle's report of the
behavior of a certain kind of catfish in Asia Minor was so odd that for
over two thousand years it was believed to be a mistake, but in the
nineteenth century the celebrated biologist Louis Agassiz found that
there were catfish in Asia Minor that fit Aristotle's account. For
details of the discovery of the fish now famed as "Aristotle's Catfish"
(Silurus aristotelis), as well as a fine picture of it, see the page at Non-contradiction.com . For further reading on Aristotle's biological work, see his Parts of Animals, History of Animals, or Movement of Animals. For an account of the Greek passion for seafood, see James Davidson, Courtesans and Fishcakes
(New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997). For more on the splendid
fishplate featured on this page, see the source of the image at the Perseus Project.