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Academic Year 2005/2006
Sophomore Seminar: Scientific Biography
HIST 185 SP
This course examines the history of science as seen through biographies of scientists, engineers, and philosophers. Biographies are chosen from figures from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. This seminar
should appeal to those interested in majoring in history as well as students interested in a career in science, medicine or philosophy.
Arthur Koestler, THE WATERSHED (life of Kepler)
Richard S. Westfall, ISAAC NEWTON
C. Stewart Gillmor, COULOMB AND THE EVOLUTION OF PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY FRANCE
Charles Darwin, THE
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES DARWIN
Hard, A MATHEMATICIAN'S APOLOGY
Edward O. Wilson, NATURALIST (autobiography)
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
The course includes practice in writing (several short and one longer paper required) and speaking (class reports and discussions). 4 or 5 papers, including a term paper plus oral reports in class.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
History 185 is designed as a sophomore seminar. Sophomores have preference, and others are allowed if spaces remain.
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Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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