HSCI 224 Spring 2013 Scientific Revolutions: 1543-1927

Cross Listed as HIST294
How much does science create the sensibilities and values of the modern world? How much, if any, technical detail is it necessary to know in order to understand the difference between propaganda and fact? This course investigates four major changes of world view, associated with Copernicus (1543); Newton (1687); Darwin (1859); and Planck (1900) and Einstein (1905). It also treats briefly the emergence of modern cosmogony, geology, and chemistry as additional reorganizations of belief about our origins, our past, and our material structure. We first acquire a basic familiarity with the scientific use and meaning of the new paradigms, as they emerged in historical context. We then ask how those ideas fit together to form a new framework, and ask what their trans-scientific legacy has been, that is, how they have affected ideas and values in other sciences, other fields of thought, and in society. Knowledge of high-school algebra is presupposed.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on five problem sets, four short papers (3-5 pages), and two hour exams
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Prerequisites: none; open to first-year students
Enrollment Preference: seniors and juniors
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under HIST; meets Division 3 requirement if registration is under HSCI
Divisional Attributes: Division III
Other Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia,HIST Group G Electives - Global History,SCST Related Courses
Enrollment Limit: 30
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Class Number: 3345
HSCI224-01(S) LEC Scientific Revolutns,1543-1927 Division 3: Science and Mathematics Donald deB. Beaver
MWF 10:00 AM-10:50 AM Griffin 7 3345
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