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Simon R. E. Werrett
HIST 312
Seattle Campus

Science in Civilization: Science in Modern Society

Growth of modern science since the Renaissance, emphasizing the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century, the development of methodology, and the emergence of new fields of interest and new modes of thought.

Class description

This is a general introduction to the history of the sciences from 1650-1850, with an emphasis on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The course will explore key developments in astronomy, physics, natural history, and chemistry during this period, considering key figures such as Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Franklin, Priestley and Lavoisier. Lectures will follow developments chronologically, but will stress important themse such as the history of natural magic; instruments and experiments; gender in science; science and imperialism; science and the public; and science and industrialization. Throughout, attention will also be given to the rich cultural and historical contexts within which the modern sciences emerged.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites. This is an introductory course, so no background knowledge of history or science will be assumed, though relevant studies or interests will be helpful.

Class assignments and grading

The class meets five times a week, four times for lectures and once for discussion. There will be one midterm examination, two five-page essay papers, and a final examination. Reading will be from assigned text-books, a packet of xeroxes, and material in the library.


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 Moran Tompkins
Date: 10/23/2003