History of Science
- The course aims to familiarise with the advancement of natural sciences in the early modern and modern periods (from the Scientific Revolution to the early 20th century) in a broader context of social, economic and technological changes, and to hone their critical and argumentative skills in analysing contemporary problems in the relations between science and society.
- Students will have a basic understanding of the main stages in the advancement of natural sciences in the 16th-19th centuries as connected to major social, economic and technological transformations
- Students will have a general understanding of the ways historians of science approach their subject – their concepts and research methods
- Students will improve their critical and analytical skills in examining various modes of interaction between science and society
- Students will improve their skills of analytical reading, academic debates and academic writing in English
- Early modern science – people, institutions and places
- European overseas expansion and the Scientific Revolution. Astronomy and cartography in the early modern period
- Classifying biodiversity: the Columbian exchange and natural history
- Human body, health and disease in early modern Europe
- Modernity and new institutions and social roles in scientific research
- Steam and electricity in the making of the modern world
- The chemical revolution and the rise of new materials
- New understanding of life: the cell theory and the rise of modern medicine
- Evolution and heredity in the 19th century
- Recapitulation – the ways of writing history of science
- In-class participation
- Oral presentations
- Discussion leadership
- Critical essay (a book review)
- Oral exam
- Interim assessment (4 module)0.3 * Critical essay (a book review) + 0.15 * Discussion leadership + 0.2 * In-class participation + 0.2 * Oral exam + 0.15 * Oral presentations
- Dear, P. (2006). The Intelligibility of Nature : How Science Makes Sense of the World. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=260098
- Lightman, B. V. (2016). A Companion to the History of Science. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1163670
- Brian W. Ogilvie. (2006). The Science of Describing : Natural History in Renaissance Europe. University of Chicago Press.
- Bynum, W. F. (2008). The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=363643
- Jonathan Simon, & Bernadette Bensaude-vincent. (2012). Chemistry: The Impure Science (2nd Edition): Vol. 2nd ed. Imperial College Press.
- Marcus Hellyer. (2003). The Scientific Revolution : The Essential Readings. Wiley-Blackwell.
- McClellan, J. E., & Dorn, H. (2006). Science and Technology in World History : An Introduction (Vol. 2nd ed). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=215912
- Robert Westman. (2011). The Copernican Question : Prognostication, Skepticism, and Celestial Order. University of California Press.
- Shanahan, T. (2004). The Evolution of Darwinism : Selection, Adaptation and Progress in Evolutionary Biology. Cambridge University Press.
- Shapin, S. (2008). The Scientific Life : A Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=285089
- Ursula Klein, & Wolfgang Lefèvre. (2007). Materials in Eighteenth-Century Science : A Historical Ontology. The MIT Press.