Description: This course provides an overview of major episodes in the history of science from the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century through the present. Topics include recent historiographical approaches within the history of science along with noteworthy episodes in the history of biology, chemistry, physics, and the earth sciences. The course does not attempt to be definitive or exhaustive in its coverage of the history of science; it is not a celebration of great geniuses or theories. It is instead an attempt to pick out a handful of episodes that are judged to be particularly revealing about the way in which the sciences have developed. Readings include a combination of primary and secondary sources. Letter grade only.
Sections offered: Summer 2020