Science and the Atlantic World, 1500-1850.

History 280S.001

Spring 2015
Instructor: 
Instructor: 
Alaniz, John
Location: 
2303 DWINELLE
Day & Time: 
F 12-2P
CCN: 
39848
Units: 
4
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  • The discovery and colonization of the Americas radically changed the ways we understand the natural world. European mariners charted unexplored continents, colonial administrators learned about commercially-valuable flora from indigenous peoples, and an impressive volume of new objects flowed both ways across the Atlantic Oceans. This context of exploration, domination, and exchange framed – and perhaps caused – the scientific revolution. This seminar will provide entryway into the “Atlantic critique” in the history of science. How does knowledge move across space? In what way did scientific knowledge shape the Atlantic social world and vice versa? Historians of the 1500 – 1850 Atlantic will gain tools for studying the intellectual and scientific world of their actors. Historians of science will explore new historical techniques, such as geographies of science, mobility of knowledge, and transatlantic scientific networks.