Description
HELMHOLTZ
** available as of 06/30/2021
Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894) played a major role in the history of science and philosophy. This seminar will explore Helmholtz¿s fundamental contributions especially to the neurophysiology of hearing (including topics such as perception of sound, frequency analysis, harmony) and vision (including topics such as color and depth perception). We will examine Helmholtz¿s influential idea of perception as ¿unconscious inference¿ and we will also consider his work in physics and the popularization of science. We will place Helmholtz in the intellectual and cultural context of the nineteenth century, investigate the debates that informed his philosophy of science, and look at the lasting influence that he had on twentieth-century science and philosophy.
Details
Grading Basis
Grad LG/SNC Basis
Units
3
Offering
Course
HPS 2813
Academic Group
Dietrich Sch Arts and Sciences
Academic Organization
History & Philosophy of Sci
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus