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Academic Year 2005/2006
History of Scientific Thought Since 1700
HIST 254 SP
History 254 treats the history of scientific thought since Newton. It discusses chemistry from the phlogiston doctrine, through Lavoisier, the atomic theory, conservation of energy and entropy; physics from classical
and the emergence of electricity and magnetism through Maxwell and on to the early quantum theory and relativity; and biology from Linnean taxonomy, the cell theory, Darwinian evolution, to the beginning of molecular
Some attention is given also to the history of geology and geophysics including space physics and plate tectonics, and to the quantitative and sociometric study of science growth in "Big Science."
Jacob, James R., THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION
Bowler, Peter J., CHARLES DARWIN: THE MAN AND HIS INFLUENCE
Paul, Diane B., CONTROLLING HUMAN HEREDITY: 1865 - PRESENT
Badash, Lawrence, SCIENTISTS AND THE DEVELOPMENT
OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
One midterm, two papers, class participation.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
Examinations - There will be four in-class examinations, one for each unit. Each exam will consist of three short answer questions and one essay. The short answer questions will be based on the study questions for each
section, but you will not know the
exact questions before the exam. I will hand out a list of potential questions for the longer essays about a week before each exam, so they will not surprise you. The final exam will also have a cumulative essay question
- also taken from a list of
questions that I will hand out ahead of time. The grades will be based on your understanding of the material, your ability to analyze the material in response to questions, and your ability to communicate your analysis
in a clear and well-organized fashio
n. Each of the first three exams will be worth 20% of the course grade. The final exam will be worth 30% of the course grade.
Participation - This will be based on your level of participation in the class.
Participation will be worth 10% of the cou
Makeups - I will give the tests on the dates listed in the course schedule section of this syllabus. If the need arises, there will be a make-up exam (for Exams One, Two, or Three only) for those who
have a verifiable illness or family
emergency. Let me know before the exam if you cannot take it (email is probably your best option for contacting me). You must get permission from the Dean of Students to take a make-up Final Examination.
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- Instructor(s): Cunningham,Michael Doucette
- Times: ..T.R.. 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: PAC107;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 35)
- SR. major: 3 Jr. major: 3
- SR. non-major: 5 Jr. non-major: 6 SO: 8 FR: 10
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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