HIS 322M • History of Modern Science
In this course, we will survey the development of modern science from the time of Isaac Newton to the present, and will examine the growth of scientific ideas and institutions and their changing place in Western society.
Grades will be based on two essay exams (20% each), a final exam (40%), and a short paper on a topic to be assigned (20%).
Books (tentative list): Thomas L. Hankins, Science and the Enlightenment, Thomas S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species (ed. J. W. Burrow) Banesh Hoffmann, Albert Einstein: Creator and Rebel, James D. Watson, The Double Helix (ed. Gunther S. Stent), plus a course packet