H374: History of Science and Technology since 1750

This course examines the history of science and technology since 1750.  Students will learn about major transformations in biology, chemistry, medicine, physics, engineering, and more.  Topics include Darwinism, genetics, relativity, quantum theory, nanotechnology, and computers.  This course will pay particular attention to philosophies of knowledge, the sociopolitical contexts of science, and the ethics of scientific practice.

Tuesdays 6:00-8:40pm
Spring 2013

Weekly Outline

  1. Introduction
  2.  The Social Construction of Scientific Knowledge
  3.  Human Nature in Enlightenment Thought
  4.  Industrialization and the Anthropocene
  5.  Constructing Race
  6.   Evolutionary Theory
  7.  Science and Empire
  8.  Relativity and the Quantum Revolution
  9.   Inherit the Wind
  10.   Technology and Modern Warfare
  11.   The Genetics Revolution
  12.   From Environmental Conservation to the Environmental Movement
  13.   The Cyber Revolution
  14.   Politics Science, and Technology
  15.   New Views of Human Nature: Epigenetics, the Extended Mind, and the Brain

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