History of Science and Technology

1800 Words Oct 26th, 2007 8 Pages
Science and Technology has been around from the beginning of time. It evolved from the everyday efforts of people trying to improve their way of life. Throughout history, humankind has developed and utilized tools, machines, and techniques without understanding how or why they worked or comprehending their physical or chemical composition. Before we go any further a definition has to be given for both Science and Technology because they are both different in their own right even though the two are almost indistinguishable. According to the Oxford Dictionary Technology can be defined as the knowledge or use of the mechanical arts and applied sciences, while Science can be defined as the branch of knowledge involving systematized observation …show more content…
New Developments could be found in many countries ranging from Africa to Meso-America. In West Africa which at the time was very wealthy, the Dogon people discovered the Sirius Star System with their naked eyes and in Tanzania steel was being melted and forged into different forms with temperature reaching up to 1800 Celsius which at the time was a huge advancement. In south and Central America the indigenous people had put in place an impressive irrigation system to cultivate their crops especially maze which was a source of livelihood for them.
During this same period huge progress had been made in Mathematics from China and India. Equations had been formulated for the calculation of Algebra by using matrices and arithmetic triangle, which as fifth form students you must be very familiar with because it will be coming on your upcoming CSEC examination. It is so cool to see that some of the things we still use in or way of life such as mathematical equations is still influenced by things invented hundreds of years ago and will still be used in years to come.
Also during the Middle Ages which is most often call the Dark Ages, warfare had improved tremendously gone were the days when soldiers fought with out any form of armour for protection and bow and arrow and swords were the only means of weapon. About 500 AD lance and saddle was invented to