History and Philosophy Of Science | Guns, Tanks, and Bombs: The Co-Evolution of Science and War
X369 | 29034 | James Capshew
Through the lens of American history, this course will explore how
science and technology shaped the rise of the United States from a
colony of England to the dominant global superpower of today.
Military innovations have been spurred by armed conflict, from the
mass production of guns and vehicles to the development of atomic
weapons, with consequences for American politics, society, and
culture. Case studies include the role of guerilla warfare in the
Revolutionary War, the Civil War duel between the ironclad ships of
the Union and the Confederacy, chemical warfare in World War I,
atomic weapons development in the Manhattan Project during World War
II, and advances in emergency medicine in the Vietnam War.