History and Philosophy Of Science | History of Biology
X508 | 23064 | Sander Gliboff


History of Biology
X508
Wednesday
9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

The term “biology” was first used at the turn of the nineteenth
century to distinguish a new “scientific” approach to the study of
life, distinct from natural history, natural theology, and
medicine.  But what did it mean to be scientific—then and for the
ensuing two hundred years—and how has biology maintained its
position within the changing world of the sciences?
This seminar is a survey of key figures and pivotal moments in the
history of modern biology, that have re-defined its scientific
character, by either opening new lines of inquiry and explanation,
developing new kinds of instruments, practices, and institutions, or
changing the social role of the biological scientist.
REQUIRED BOOKS
Coleman, William, Biology in the Nineteenth Century, Cambridge
University Press, ISBN 0-521-29293-X
Ruse, Michael, The Darwinian Revolution, University of Chicago
Press, ISBN 0-226-73169-3
Watson, James D., The Double Helix, Norton Critical Edition, ISBN
0393950751
(Further readings on electronic reserves and other online
locations.)


MEETS WITH X308