An Invitation to History of Science: A short introductory course for undergraduates
This site is a collaborative space where I am weaving a course on "An Invitation to History of Science: A short introductory course for undergraduates".
The course is structured around several episodes in the history of systematic ideas, and the emphasis will be on conceptual change. The lectures are grouped into three parts:
Genesis of Systematic Ideas: Science in Ancient Greece
- Against mythological explanations to natural phenomena (Thales to Anaximenes)
- Early Atomism (Heraclitus, Perminides and early Atomism)
- Mathematical Atomism (Pythagoras and Plato)
- Against Atomism (Aristotle)
- Method of Analysys and Synthesis (Pappus and Euclid)
- Beginning of Mathematical Physics, Statics (Archimedes)
- Multicultural Origins of Science
Part II Renaissance and Scientific Revolution
- Galileo (Marriage of Mathematics, Experiment and Physics)
- Mechanization of World Picture (Descartes, Newton and Leibniz)
- From Alchemy to Chemistry (Boyle, Priestley, Levoiser)
- From natural history to evolutionary history (Linnaeus, Buffon, Lamarck, Darwin )
- From natural numbers to complex numbers
- Physiology to Cell Biology
Rise of Experimental Science
Several of the great experiments that were adjudged by historians of science as crucial experiments will be discussed.
Since some of them are part of the school science, emphasis will be on analysing the conceptual change that took place while discussing the episodes, rather than on details of the experiment.
Books and resources
- Cambridge Illustrated History of Science, by Colin Ronan
- Great Scientific Experiments: 20 experiments that changed our view of the world by Rom Harre