HIS-351 History of Science

An introduction to the history of science from antiquity to the present, with particular emphasis on the development following the seventeenth-century Scientific Revolution of what has come to be called "science" in the Western tradition. Topics will range from the physical sciences to natural history, conservation, the "mind" sciences, and medicine and will include theoretical approaches to constructing knowledge from empiricism, induction, positivism, and falisifiability, to social constructionism, and other related themes.


3 credits