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AP/HIST2250 3.0M : Revolutions in the Stars: Science in the Age of Galileo
Term W : LECT
Instructor(s) : Schotte, Margaret E.
Calendar Description / Prerequisite / Co-Requisite
This course surveys the major developments of the 'Scientific Revolution' (c.1500-1700), when technical, theoretical and geographical discoveries gave rise to new understandings of the natural world. Celebrated astronomer, engineer, inventor and author Galileo serves as a focal point, bridging the worlds of famous theoreticians (Copernicus, Vesalius, and Newton) and of anonymous artisans and midwives. Prerequisites: None. Co-requisites: None. Course credit exclusions: SC/STS 3760 3.00.
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- Expanded Course Description
Galileo Galilei is one of the great figures in the history of science. His
support for the idea of a sun-centred universe famously led to dramatic
conflict with the Catholic church in the 1630s. But Galileo was far more than
an astronomer: over his lifetime he was an engineer, inventor, and physicist, a
professor, ambitious courtier, father, and an admired author whose books were
banned for centuries. In this course Galileo serves as our entry point to
examine the major scientific developments of the 16th and
17th centuries, when technical, theoretical and geographical
discoveries gave rise to new understandings of the natural world. By
investigating the innovations of famous theoreticians of the “Scientific
Revolution” alongside the contributions of midwives, sailors, and
astrologers, we will ultimately ask new questions about the authoritative
nature of modern science and medicine.
The course focuses on the proliferation of information, ideas, and theories
of the natural world—from the smallest flea to the remote heavens. When,
how and why did scientists begin dissecting human bodies; inventing telescopes
and microscopes to extend the boundaries of the visible world; and developing
complex mathematical models to describe the solar system? This introduction to
the field of History of Science uses contemporary sources and modern digital
tools to help provide a clearer understanding of the emergence of modern
scientific knowledge, and the debates inherent in it.
This course will teach critical thinking via analysis of primary and
secondary sources. Students will demonstrate learning in written papers, a
collaborative timeline, and classroom participation, and they will engage with
peers in discussion of historical source-material and arguments. Finally, this
course will teach communication via informal and formal writing assignments and
- Weighting of Course
Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview
In-Class Debate: 15%
‘Time Line’ Entries: 20%
Final Exam: 25%
- Additonal Information / Notes
NOTE: Prior to buying
textbooks, students should consult the detailed course outline which will give
the final versions of the weekly syllabus and the detailed breakdown of
assignments with weighting and due dates. The course outline will be
posted in Moodle and discussed on the first day of class.
More information: http://history.laps.yorku.ca/
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