Revolutions in Science: Plato to NATO

HPSC-X102 — Fall 2020

Brenton Wells
Days and Times
MW 5:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Course Description

History is long, but time is short. This course will offer a condensed introduction to the history of Western science, covering around 3,000 years of history in 8 short weeks. Today we understand the world through a complicated mesh of theories from various formal “-ologies” expounded by universities and demonstrated with technology. However, this has not always been the case. People 1,000 years ago had a drastically different interpretation of how the world works than they do now; similarly, 1,000 years in the future, the same could likely be said. Thus, the difficulty in understanding the history of science is two-fold. On the one hand, we want to understand how the beliefs we take to be true today were discovered, proven and developed. However, on the other hand, we want to not only recognize that there were competing explanations, but also inquire why they might have been preferred. No background is expected.

3 credits

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