Mt. Rushmore: A Monument to Four Presidents

The faces carved into a mountain and how they got there.
Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota is the iconic symbol where four presidents’ faces are… Continue Reading

How Fibonacci Changed Math Forever

Who was Leonardo Fibonacci, and why was his work so important?
Leonardo Fibonacci (1170-1240) may have been the most talented Western mathematician of the Middle… Continue Reading

Who Was Thomas Aquinas?

Was Thomas Aquinas responsible for the Renaissance?
During the Medieval Warm Period, St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) reintroduced the ancient Greek philosopher… Continue Reading

What Was the Medieval Warm Period?

The end of the Dark Ages was brought on by a period of global warming.
After the Dark Ages and the Justinian plague, evidence suggests the climate in Europe… Continue Reading

What Caused the Dark Ages?

Why did European civilization fall apart after the collapse of Rome?
After the Roman Empire collapsed, Europe entered an era called the Dark Ages. Written… Continue Reading

Understanding Classical Music’s Influence on the West

Many of the Founding Fathers were fans of classical music.
Many people today still enjoy the works of the classical composers – like Mozart,… Continue Reading

The Story of Memorial Day

A time to think of soldiers who fell to give us freedom.
Memorial Day is a day for Americans to honor and respect the military men… Continue Reading

How The Roman Empire Fell

When Romans cared more about luxury than real values, Rome collapsed.
The Roman republic was very successful for a long time, but eventually the republic… Continue Reading

Israel and Palestinians – Why They Fight

Why isn’t there peace in the Middle East?
The fighting between Israel and Palestine can be traced back to 1917. In that… Continue Reading

Understanding the Suez Canal Crisis

The Suez Canal nearly caused a nuclear war.
During the Cold War, the governments of the most powerful nations in the world… Continue Reading

The Birth of Computers

From a small desk ornament to today’s computers, technology has come a long way.
Computers, in some shape or form, have been around probably longer than one might… Continue Reading

The Moon Landing: One Giant Leap for Mankind

1969 saw the first man on the moon after the Americans beat the Russians to the lunar surface.
The 1960s were an eventful time in American history. The country was in the… Continue Reading

A Look at the Unique History of Cuba

How a tiny island south of the U.S. became a hotspot for global strife.
The history of Cuba has included many foreign actors. In 1492, Christopher Columbus became… Continue Reading

Benjamin Franklin was More Than a Founding Father

The inventor created a lot of popular items we still use today.
You may know Benjamin Franklin as the face on the one-hundred-dollar bill, or perhaps… Continue Reading

French and Indian War: The War With Four Names

Before the American Revolution, there was the French and Indian War.
The French and Indian War, as it was called in the Colonies, was also… Continue Reading

Dwight D. Eisenhower: From General to President

“Ike” was instrumental in commanding troops towards an Allied win.
Dwight David Eisenhower (1890 – 1969) was the 34th president of the United States.… Continue Reading

Fibonacci: Revolutionizing Math in Europe

By introducing Hindu-Arabic numbers to Europe, he paved the way for the scientific revolution.
Leonardo Fibonacci (1170-1240) may have been the most talented Western mathematician of the Middle… Continue Reading

How the Scottish Enlightenment Shaped the West

The Enlightenment wasn’t just about France, Britain, and America.
Whenever the intellectuals discuss the success of Western civilization and what inspired the most… Continue Reading

Thomas Aquinas: Father of the Renaissance?

Without Aquinas, it’s unlikely the Renaissance could have happened.
During the Medieval Warm Period, St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) reintroduced the ancient Greek philosopher… Continue Reading

The Medieval Warm Period: Did It Save Europe From the Dark Ages?

The history of Europe shows that times of warming were good and that the cold years brought famine, plague, and war.
After the cold spell of the Dark Ages and the Justinian plague, evidence suggests… Continue Reading

Galileo: The Father of Modern Physics

“The universe is written in the language of mathematics.”
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was a multi-genius from the Italian Renaissance city of Pisa. He… Continue Reading

Martin Luther: The Reformer

Martin Luther is the father of Protestantism.
On October 31, 1517, the German priest Martin Luther (1483-1546) sent an angry letter… Continue Reading

Kepler: The Revolution of the Planets

Kepler rode a wave of increased interest in science and reason.
Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) was a German astronomer who dramatically improved on the Copernican model… Continue Reading

Gutenberg: The First Information Revolution

The printing press brought information and knowledge to ordinary people.
Johannes Gutenberg (1400-1469) was a German inventor who revolutionized the distribution of information by… Continue Reading

Dolley Madison Set the Standard for Other First Ladies

Her social gifts helped her husband win his presidency.
George Washington was America’s first president, making his wife, Martha, the original First Lady.… Continue Reading

Copernicus: Revolution in the Sky

The sun, not the Earth, is the center of our solar system.
Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) was a Polish multi-talent and one of the greatest geniuses of… Continue Reading

Fibonacci: The Number Revolution

The Hindu-Arabic numbers in the hands of Aristotelians created the scientific revolution.
Leonardo Fibonacci (1170-1240) was perhaps the most talented Western mathematician of the Middle Ages.… Continue Reading

The Forgotten Enlightenment of Scotland

Everyone remembers how the French, British, and American Enlightenment thinkers contributed to building the West – but what about the Scots?
Did Scotland invent the modern world? Whenever the intellectuals discuss the success of Western… Continue Reading

Thomas Aquinas: Aristotle Returns

Thomas Aquinas kickstarted the Renaissance.
During the Medieval Warm Period, it could be said that one Italian priest came… Continue Reading

The Medieval Warm Period: Europe’s Salvation From the Dark Ages?

Despite the recent doom and gloom over global warming, Europe prospered the last time it happened.
After the cold spell of the Dark Ages and the Justinian plague, evidence suggests… Continue Reading