STS.002 Toward the Scientific Revolution

Fall 2003

Collage of Kepler, Copernicus, Newton, Galileo, Descartes, and Ptolemy. (Clockwise from top left.)
Clockwise from top left is a collage of Kepler, Copernicus, Newton, Galileo, Descartes, and Ptolemy. (Images courtesy of the Library of Congress and NASA.)

Course Highlights

An extensive bibliography of readings is available for this course. In addition, all assignments may be downloaded.

Course Description

This subject traces the evolution of ideas about nature, and how best to study and explain natural phenomena, beginning in ancient times and continuing through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. A central theme of the subject is the intertwining of conceptual and institutional relations within diverse areas of inquiry: cosmology, natural history, physics, mathematics, and medicine.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Staff

Instructor:
Prof. David Kaiser

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
Two sessions / week
1 hour / session

Recitations:
One session / week
1 hour / session

Level

Undergraduate

*Translations