2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

CPHYS 2001 A History of Science

Science more than any other discipline defines the western worldview, making it distinct from all other cultural systems of analysis. The benefits of scientific methodology and its discoveries have allowed the west to become a dominant political and intellectual force throughout the world. This course will look at the history of science from antiquity to the present, and provide students with a broad overview for how these systems of thought, empiricism, and invention have contributed to the development of the west's social, religious, and political systems. We will examine the limitations of scientific methodology, and how the practice of science has resulted in the growth of technologies, substances, and techniques of debatable merit.




Fall semester