HIA 348 Introduction to the History of Science, from Ancient Science to the Scientific Evolution

The course focuses on the essential problems science has faced in theory, religion, and philosophy, providing a background to the understanding of science and its historical development. It studies the character of science in ancient Egypt and Babylonia; the content, methodology, and philosophy of science during the age of Plato and Aristotle; the emergence and decline of Islamic science; the contributions of the medieval period; the roots of the scientific revolution of the Renaissance; the significance of the work of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Vesalius, and Harvey; and the methods and values of science that emerged from an age of witchcraft, magic, and alchemy before the time of Isaac Newton.

Credits:

3

Hours

3

Requirement Designation

Regular Liberal Arts

Offered

Fall-Spring