FROM ARISTOTLE TO NEWTON
|Taught in 2000 by Stephen G. Brush, University of Maryland, College Park
The course offers an introduction to the history of physical science, focusing on the transformation in our understanding of the world during the 16th and 17th centuries. Topics: (1) The Aristotelian World-View; Science in Antiquity; (2) Islam & China: Where Modern Science Might have Started; (3) Decline of Islamic & Chinese Science; The European Renaissance; (4) The Astronomical Revolution; (5) Science in the 17th Century; (6) Newton and the "Scientific Revolution." HIST401 is the first half of a two-semester sequence. HIST402, to be offered in the Spring, will cover the History of physical science from Newton to Einstein.
* Cohen, I. B., The Birth of a New Physics (rev. ed. 1985)
Recommended book (parts of this book will be required reading):
Additional Required Readings: (free handouts)
* Cunningham, A. & Williams, P., "De-centring the 'big picture':
The Origins of Modern Science and the modern origins of science,"
British Journal for the History of Science, vol. 26
(1993), pages 407-32
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