The study of nature was pursued more for practical reasons

The study of nature, including observations of the sky, though not a higher calling, was important for practical reasons.

“The study of nature was pursued more for practical reasons than as an abstract inquiry: the need to care for the sick led to the study of medicine and of ancient texts on drugs, the need for monks to determine the proper time to pray led them to study the motion of the stars, the need to compute the date of Easter led them to study and teach rudimentary mathematics and the motions of the Sun and Moon.

Pasted from <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_in_the_Middle_Ages>”

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