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Bruce W Hevly
HIST 211
Seattle Campus

Introduction to the History of Science

Introduction to major themes in the history of science. Investigation of historical and scientific methods through the study of particular historical cases.

Class description

This course aims to provide a basic introduction to some of the major topics in and approaches to the history of science. This is accomplished by reading books representative of the field over the past five decades, with the instructor providing an overview of the subject via lectures.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites, no background in science required.

Class assignments and grading

This is a lecture/discussion course, with grades assigned based on essays and in-class examinations.

Required Reading

Daniel Kevles, The Physicists Shapin and Schaeffer, Leviathan and the Air Pump Thomas Khun, Structure of Scientific Revolutions C.C. Gillispie, The Edge of Objectivity Pam Smith, The Business of Alchemy

Written Work 50% Exams 50%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Edmund K. Kamai
Date: 04/10/2000