HIS 304 History of Science in the Twentieth Century

A multidisciplinary survey of scientific and technological developments in the twentieth century, emphasizing the ethical issues and new social implications arising from them. Topics may include recent work in microbiology, DNA, and genetic "engineering"; technological innovations in synthetic materials, chemical warfare, and consumer concerns; theories of relativity, quantum physics, atomic weapons, and nuclear energy; anthropological discoveries and human evolution; Freudian psychology and psychoanalysis; man in space; medical science and portents for the future of civilization. There are no prerequisites for this course; students need have no previous background in the sciences.