History And Philosophy Of Science | Revoltuins in Science and Medicine (Also listed as Plato to Nato, SCientific Revoltions)fal00
X102 | 2979 | Ai


Modern science, perhaps more than anything else, makes our
comtemporary society unique in history.  Observers of science often
point out that the clothes we wear, the cars we drive, the food we
eat, and even the substance of our entertainment are all results of
science.  Most dramatically, perhaps, our attitudes and practices
surrounding medicine and health are inconceivable without modern
science.  It is not wonder then, that our philosophies, our ethical
systems, our literature, and the length and quality of our lives,
reflect in large measure the omnipresence of science.

But judging from the reactions of today's society, the impact of
science does not always appear so pervasive.  Nevertheless, at
critical junctures in the past, science and medicine have radically
changed the way we see nature and ourselves.  These changes have been
intellectually profound and socially dramatic.  Historians often refer
to them at scientific revolutions.  This course will be about such
revolutions in science and medicine.

We will begin by examining the ideas of a "revolution" and developing
the Greek world view.  The rest of the semester will be spent
considering several so-called revolutionary episodes in the history of
science and medicine.  We will consider how and whether the ideas of a
revolution applies to each episode and the historical details of what
occurred framework of scientific and medical development through
history (Plato to NATO).

The course will consist of lectures, readings, and discussions.
Grades will be based on short inclass quizzes, a midterm, and final,
and participation of discussion sessions.  The course assumes no
back-ground in science and history.

Readings for the course from a wide variety of sources, including the
writings of scientists (such as Galen, Harvey, Galileo, Newton,
Darwin, Pasteur, and Einstein) and possibly works of fiction that are
inspired by arising from the particular episodes we will be
investigating.

Time and Day:  11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  MW
Place:  JH A107