History And Philosophy Of Science | Survey of Science: Western Science since 1750
X507 | 2787 | James Capshew and Richard Sorrenson


Since about 1750, science has come to play a dominant role in Western
culture, most particularly in its technology and medicine.  But the
importance of modern science goes beyond its various utilities; some
of the most powerful, beautiful, and exciting of human ideas have been
thought up by scientists in the last two centuries or so.  We shall
study some of these (evolution; conservation of energy; molecular,
atomic, and nuclear theories of matter) as well as paying attention to
more general interactions between science and society.  In so doing,
we shall read some of the very rich primary and secondary literature
of the history of science.  The primary readings are illustrative and
not technically difficult.  The course is designed as a general
introduction to the history of the physical, biological, and human
sciences for graduate students in History and Philosophy of Science,
but students from a wide variety of departments (Biology, English,
Math, History, Philosophy among others)have taken it and flourished.