HIST 522 (01) - Science in the Modern World

Science in the Modern World

Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2021 - Full Term (08/30/2021 - 12/13/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   35  
CRN: 16105
Development of science, particularly in Europe and North America, from the 18th century to the present. Themes including Darwinism, the growth of modern physical and biological sciences and science in the contemporary world. No special science background is required. Course meets the History major requirements for Group II.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Only listed campus in section: Durham, Manchester
Attributes: Historical Perspectives(Disc)
Instructors: Jan Golinski

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/30/2021 12/13/2021 TR 11:10am - 12:30pm HORT 304
Additional Course Details: 

In the last two centuries, science has had a great impact on the culture of the Western world and the lives of its people. In this course, we study aspects of this important historical process.  We focus on the eighteenth-century Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, the origins of new theories of the earth and the evolution of life, the work of Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, and the growth of modern physics and the life sciences in the twentieth century.  Studying these topics will allow us to understand how scientific thinking has profoundly influenced culture and society.  This is a history course, requiring skills of reading and writing; but it also demands a willingness to get to grips with scientific ideas.