T C 325 • The Discovery of Science
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
This course will study the slow growth of our modern idea of science, from the Hellenic and Hellenistic Greeks through medieval and modern times, and concluding with an account of our present uncertainties. The discovery of specific scientific facts and theories will be described as illustrations of the discovery of science itself--of historic changes in its methods and goals.
About the Professor Professor Weinberg holds the Josey Regental Chair in Science, and is a member of the Physics and Astronomy Departments. His research has been in elemetary particle physics and cosmology, and has been honored with Nobel Prize in Physics and the National Medal of Science. He has written about the history of science in numerous articles and in the books The First Three Mimutes, The Discovery of Subatomic Particles, and Dreams of a Final Theory.
Readings will be from original sources, as well as from works on the history of science.
Grades will be based on classroom performance and a final exam