STS.003 The Rise of Modern Science

Spring 2005

Photograph of Charles Darwin.

Photograph of Charles Darwin. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.)

Course Highlights

This course features detailed descriptions of paper assignments.

Course Description

This course will study the development of modern science from the seventeenth century to the present, focusing on Europe and the United States. It will not focus on discoveries and their discoverers. Instead, it will examine: What is science? How has science been practiced, and by whom? How are discoveries made and accepted? What is the nature of scientific progress? What is the impact of science and society? What is the impact of society on science? Topics will be drawn from the histories of physics, chemistry, biology, geology, medicine, psychology, and computer science.

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Prof. David Jones

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
1 hour / session