On 8th January 1697 a 20-year old student at the University of Edinburgh, Thomas Aikenhead, was hanged for blasphemy. Aikenhead had been heard to state, while walking past the Tron Kirk in Edinburgh’s High Street, that theology was ‘a rapsidie of faigned and ill-invented nonsense’ (Graham p.81). A little over forty years later, David Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature (1738) was published.
In his Cave Allegory (Republic, c.360 BCE), Plato presents a strikingly visual account of the distinction between knowledge and belief and, in doing so, provides us with what may be considered the earliest cinema.
Why is your e-reader the size and shape that it is? Because it’s trying to mimic the books you used to read. And they were the size and shape they were mostly as a result of the size of the sheets of paper that one man could comfortably make by hand, from linen rags, a single sheet at a time. Or, if we go back even further, as result of the size and shape of the parchment sheets that could be made from the skins of calves, sheep and goats. The ancient technologies of the book reappear, transformed, at the bleeding edge of new technology.
It’s Armistice Day in Britain today, a day when we mark the end of hostilities on the Western Front in World War I.
If you would like to study in the University of Edinburgh but the financial issue are holding you back, here is a solution: Deutsche Bildung offers financial help and supports personal development for students who are already enrolled to an accredited university or business school from Germany. The grantees receive the extra-curricular program “WissenPlus” that focuses on the improvement of social and professional competencies.
Summer School Office staff will be online to talk to students from overseas who want to ask questions or learn more about study opportunities.
How does it work?
Each session will involve a live presentation by one of our Summer School staff.
The presentation will be followed by an opportunity for you to get quick answers to your questions.
You can also discuss your interests with a member of staff in more detail.
We’re extremely pleased and excited to announce that the first Summer School courses will be available via The University of Edinburgh this summer.
Adding a Summer School to our extensive range of programmes and opportunities allows even more students to come and study at our prestigious institution but there are many other benefits to studying during the summer months too, especially with the University of Edinburgh.