HIS 362G • Hist of Modern Biology
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
What is life? This course will examine the different ways investigators since the eighteenth century have tried to answer this question: by collecting and categorizing the world's creatures, by taking living things apart, by experimenting on and with living bodies, by trying to reconstruct the history of life on earth, by attempting to understand the relationships of living things with one another, and by attempting to understand and manipulate "human nature".
Designed to accomodate 100 or more students. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.
Tentative books: Charles Darwin, Origin of Species Danile Kevles, In the Name of Eugenics James Watson, The Double Helix