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