History And Philosophy Of Science | Captain Cook to Captain Kirk
E104 | 0170 | Sorrenson


Today our scientific voyages have reached out beyond the earth into
space, but the basic urge to explore the unknown and tell people back
home about it is old.  In this course we will follow the careers of
eighteenth century naval captains crossing the Pacific Ocean,
nineteenth century naturalists delving below the sea, and twentieth
century astronauts being propelled into space.  We will also pay
careful attention to how they showed and recounted what they saw to
others.  Thus we will look at 18th century prints, 19th century
paintings, and 20th century videos.  We will also explore the Lilly
Library's extensive holdings of voyage narratives (including fictional
ones from Star Trek) and the Art Museum's collection of artifacts and
paintings.  I give a mixture of lectures and discussion of how to
interpret written and visual material on Mondays and Wednesdays, and
later in the week you will share with your fellow students your own
interpretation of the readings and lectures.  Other activities include
creating a substantial journal in which you imageine you are on a
voyage, writing a variety of short papers, and taking an optional
final exam.

Time and Day:  9:05a.m. - 9:55 a.m. MW
Place:  Ballantine Hall 310

Discussion Sections
0171   F   9:05a.m. - 9:55a.m.    Ballantine Hall 231
0173   F   12:20p.m. - 1:10p.m.   Ballantine Hall 242
0174   F   1:25p.m. - 2:15p.m.    Ballantine Hall 231
0175   F   2:30p.m. - 3:20p.m.    Ballantine Hall 016