Dr. George Brooks
History of Science & Technology
Greetings! I teach the "old stuff" in the Humanities department on East Campus: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Mythology. I was trained as a medievalist at Florida State University, where I received my Ph.D. But I was put on to this successful career course because I began my college education right here at Valencia! No matter where you want to go in life--Valencia is a better place to start!
My special interest is in pre-modern technology and engineering, especially the medieval period in which watermills, windmills, mechanical clocks and gothic cathedrals all reflect the ingenuity of our ancestors who did not, as it turns out, live in "The Dark Ages" --rather, the medieval period was where the modern West began to take shape. I have published several articles and book chapters on medieval technology, and in my spare time I like to build reconstructions of early technology, including everyone's favorite: the trebuchet (medieval catapult), of which I have built several over the years.
Due to Covid-19 the physical college is closed for all but a few courses and so there are no office hours. But I can be reached at my office email which I check daily except for Saturdays.