Thursday, January 15, 2009

Accelerometers R Us

Our homemade accelerometer.

We went from accelerometers in science to Salons of the Enlightenment in history today.

"...during the Enlightnment, many philosophers, artists, writers and other educated people would gather at salons in the homes of wealthy patrons (mostly women) and engage in intellectual conversations about the philosophy of the day...."

Daniel's assignment was to describe the salon that he would have had if he had lived in the 1700's..what it would look like, who he would invite and why, and what would some of the topics of discussion be?

Who would you invite? What would you talk about?


Samurai Mom said...

Abolition of Slavery, America and their new fangled democracy, Religion, fine fabrics and custard recipes

crashhanna said...

I'm with you on the fabric and custard topics.

Keira said...

Abigail Adams, George II, Alexis de Tocqueville, a random smithy and Ben Franklin's wife.

We'd talk metallurgy, world domination, successful (Adams) and non-successful marriages(Franklin)...We'd kvetsch.

Suzanne said...

Mr. Darcy, Mr. Knightly, am I forgetting anybody? As for topics, well, I'd just have to let that unfold.

Samurai Mom said...

I agree on the random smithy, franklin and Abigail Adams, we should add Queen Charlotte because she put up with George III, de Toqueville is a must and John Adams sounds like the kind of guy to invite to a party.