Science in Western Culture|
Fall 2013 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations|
This course offers an introduction to the history of the sciences between the late seventeenth and early twentieth centuries, with the aim of understanding the varied ways of knowing that have come to be called "science," and how they have attained such an important status in shaping modern Western culture. To do so, we will both investigate key intellectual developments--such as Newtonianism, theories of energy and matter, and the rise of evolutionary thought--and consider these ideas in the cultural contexts in which they developed, in order to better understand how people have "done science" in different times and places.
Throughout we will pay attention to the relationships between science and other knowledge systems, between scientists and nonscientists, and between science and state power by exploring the changing nature of scientific authority, the cultural status of the scientist, and the connections among science, commerce, technology, and empire.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(EDST)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(IDEA-MN)(SISP)(SISP-Hist Conc)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
Betty Jo Teeter Dobbs and Margaret Jacob, NEWTON AND THE CULTURE OF NEWTONIANISM (Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1995).
Peter Galison, EINSTEIN'S CLOCKS, POINCARÉ'S MAPS: EMPIRES OF TIME (New York: W.W. Norton, 2003).
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In addition to brief assignments based on the readings, there will be three take-home examinations.
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