The course treats the history of the sciences of the earth and environment from classical times to the plate tectonics and geospace physics of the late 20th century. Topics include early cosmogonies and cosmologies; the nature of hierarchically ordered space; the role of change played by heat, water and time; the Great Scale of Being; teleology in nature; the introduction and use of mathematics and the physical sciences in geology and biology; international cooperation in the geosciences; the discovery of the unknown (new worlds, polar regions, space); human response to boundary limits; environmental bonanzas and tragedies; big science.
COURSE FORMAT: Lecture
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST Grading Mode: Graded
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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