Beyond IQ

Aristotle Leads the Way
Fall, 2019

Sherene Raisbeck
5-10 students
Suggested Age Ranges: 9-12
Mondays at 2:30pm Pacific time (Time subject to change up until registration starts.)

NOTE: In the past, this course has been offered over two terms. We are planning to offer it as a single term course with two meetings per week.


Aristotle Leads the Way is the first of three works by Joy Hakim that present the major scientific innovations within the context of work performed by Aristotle, Newton, Einstein, and work which continues in theoretical physics.

Learning how to observe the world, investigate ideas and sources, and find out what’s really true, are important skills for new scholars! Students develop a rich understanding of the science presented by tracing the historical context and experiments of the greatest thinkers in Western as well as Eastern scientific thought.

As the first part of The Story of Science series, this class is an excellent foundation for further advanced work in science, mathematics, and computer science. It lays a foundation for Newton at the Center and Einstein Adds a New Dimension. In addition, the story-based instruction utilized will enhance retention for students who are not scientifically oriented. Parents/coaches will receive weekly a detailed description of experiments that can be performed inexpensively in the home, one-on-one or in small groups. Over the course of the year, we will measure the circumference of the earth, the distance to the moon, and lay the foundations for atomic theory!

Tests, homework, and grades are provided optionally and may be graded at home or by the instructor. We fully support 2e students and will tailor testing, homework, and class participation so that it is low stress and meaningful for each student. Students do need to be able to do simple multiplication with ratios.

This is a 2-semester course.  While some experiments are repeated from the Einstein and Newton courses, students will encounter them on a different level. These courses do NOT need to be taken in a particular order.

Find the Aristotle Leads the Way book here.

Please note that this is a two-semester course. 


Fall semester

Week 1: Astronomy and the History of the Universe: From Plasma to Stardust
Week 2: Discovery and the First Narratives: From Patterns to Methods
Week 3: Physical Constant or Human Convention? How Our Days Are Numbered
Week 4: Philosophy and the History of Science: Reasoning
Week 5: Telling Time and the History of Math: From Hammurabi to Newton
Week 6: Postulating the Elements with Empedocles: Observation, Contemplation, or Test?
Week 7: Navigating with Stars: Trade, Travel, and Early Logistics
Week 8: Numbers or Magic? The Professor and the Chessboard: Linear and Non-linear Sequences
Week 9: Structural Support: Pythagoras; Architecture and Engineering: Circles, Squares, and Triangles
Week 10: On Closer Observation: Indivisible? Democritus and the Atom
Week 11: The Walking Philosopher, the Theorist, and the Engineer
Week 12: The Risk of Retrograde: Planetary Geo-centrism
Week 13: The Earth’s New Clothes: Why Simpler is Better
Week 14: The World’s University: From Alexander to Hypatia
Week 15: The Proof: Euclid’s Rigor; Eratosthenes’ Sieve and Primes
Week 16: Euclidean Geometry - It worked for Newton!

Spring semester

Week 1 (17): Math and Engineering: Measuring and Moving Things
Week 2 (18): Measuring the Earth in Ancient Greece
Week 3 (19): Technology and Development: Global Trade Over 5,000 Years
Week 4 (20): The Earth, Like an Orange
Week 5 (21): Science – Thought, Inquiry, Testing, and Application
Week 6 (22): The Nature of Truth: Finding Out What’s Really True
Week 7 (23): The Dark Ages: Attempts to Close Schools and Minds
Week 8 (24): The Earth is Round Again
Week 9 (25): Math in Nature
Week 10 (26): Human Limitations and Inspiration
Week 11(27): Communication, Collaboration, and Distribution
Week 12 (28): Mind-Bending Maps
Week 13 (29): The Development of Scientific Tools
Week 14 (30): Philosophy, Physics, and Math
Week 15 (31): Global Figures - India, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
Week 16 (32): Wrapping Up

Semester-long classes are $245 each. GHF Members pay $230!

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