Description
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.
Details
Grading Basis
LG/SNC Elective Basis
Units
3
Component
Lecture - Required
Course Attributes
Phil. Thinking or Ethics
Medieval & Renaissance Studies
Pmathic Ctext: Ethical/Pol
Offering
Course
HPS 1508
Academic Group
Dietrich Sch Arts and Sciences
Academic Organization
History & Philosophy of Sci
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus
Enrollment Requirements
LVL: So, Jr, or Sr
Typically Offered
Spring