CLASSICS IN HISTORY OF SCIENCE
In this class we will study the ten most dangerous, controversial, and mind shattering ideas that shaped modern science and the world we live in, their origin in classical historical and philosophical contexts, and their potential for future science. They are: 1) Cosmos. 2) Matter. 3) Life. 4) Species. 5) Organism. 6) Nature. 7) Calculus. 8) Unconscious. 9) Beauty. 10) God. Disturbing questions will be explored such as: Are these ideas natural or supernatural? Are they within or without the human mind? Are they ecologically sustainable? Are they racist? And of course, we will meet the heretics who revolutionized our understanding of these classical ideas. There are no prerequisites, no quizzes, and no exams.