History and Philosophy Of Science | History of Western Science since 1750
X407 | 2914 | James Capshew & Sandy Gliboff


This course provides an introduction and survey of the history of
Western science since 1750. Designed to sample the rich secondary
literature (with excursions into primary sources), the course will
consider the physical, biological, and social sciences. Each week
class participants will take up a book or other reading for critical
analysis. After brief remarks by the instructor, participants will
discuss the book's aims, methodology, and content, as well as place
it within the scholarly tradition. It is hoped that students will
not only gain wide familiarity with the construction of modern
science, but also a deeper appreciation of its historiography.

Tentative reading list:

Mara Beller, Quantum Dialogue: The Making of a Revolution (Chicago:
University of Chicago Press, 1999).
James H. Capshew, Psychologists on the March: Science, Practice, and
Professional Identity, 1929-1969 (New York: Cambridge University
Press, 1999).
Charles Darwin, Descent of Man (Prometheus Books, 1997).
Adrian Desmond and James Moore, Darwin (London: Michael Joseph,
1991).
Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel (Norton, 1998).
Robert Marc Friedman, Appropriating the Weather: Vilhelm Bjerknes
and the Construction of a Modern Meteorology (Ithaca: Cornell
University Press, 1993).
Gregg Herken, Brotherhood of the Bomb (Holt, 2002).
Robert E. Kohler, Lords of the Fly: Drosophila Genetics and the
Experimental Life (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994).
Ronald L. Numbers, Creation by Natural Law: Laplace's Nebular
Hypothesis in American Thought (Seattle: University of Washington
Press, 1977).
Theodore M. Porter, Trust in Numbers (Princeton: Princeton
University Press, 1995).
Frank Sulloway, Born to Rebel.(Vintage, 1996).
Daniel Todes, Pavlov's Physiology Factory.(Baltimore: Johns Hopkins
University Press, 2001).
Mark Walker, Nazi Science (Perseus Books, 1995).