HIS 322D • Scientif Revolutn of 17th Cen
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
The Scientific Revolution of the 17th century produced a series of fundamental shifts in the way people have viewed the natural world and their own place in it. In this course we will examine some of the roots of this revolution, trace its main outlines, and trace the main outlines of the new world it helped to create.
Grades will be based on three essay exams (25% each) and a short paper on a topic to be assigned (25%).
Books (tentative list): Stillman Drake (ed.), DISCOVERIES AND OPINIONS OF GALILEO James Voelkel, JOHANNES KEPLER Peter Dear, REVOLUTIONIZING THE SCIENCES Michael R. Matthews (ed.), THE SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND TO MODERN PHILOSOPHY