HIS 322D • Scientific Revolution of the 17th Cen
The Scientific Revolution of the 17th century led to a series of fundamental shifts in the ways people have viewed the natural world and their own place in it. In this course we will examine the roots and course of this revolution and trace the main outlines of the new world it helped to create.
Grades will be based on three one-hour exams and a short paper on a topic to be assigned; each will count for 25% of the course grade. There will be no separate final. In place of the second exam, you may write a 6-8 page research paper or critical essay, due Nov. 2. Those wishing to write such an optional paper must speak to me, pick up a set of guidelines, and get their topic approved by Oct. 14.
James R. Jacob, The Scientific Revolution, Michael Matthews (ed.), The Scientific Background to Modern Philosophy, John Henry, Knowledge is Power, James Voelkel, Johannes Kepler and the New Astronomy, Stillman Drake (ed.), Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo, James Gleick, Isaac Newton Lecture outlines, supplementary course materials, and more detailed information on course policies, office hours, and the like will be posted on Blackboard.