The Life Sciences Since 1750

History 180

Fall 2005
Instructor: 
Lesch
Location: 
88 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
MWF 11-12
CCN: 
39424
Units: 
Units

This course will survey the development of the sciences of living nature from the mid-18th to the mid-20th century. Topics include scientific and popular natural history, exploration and discovery, Darwin and evolution, cell theory, the organizational transformation of science, physiology and experimentalism, classical and molecular genetics, and the biomedical-industrial complex. Emphasis is on the formation of fundamental concepts and methods, long-term trends toward specialization, institutionalization, and professionalization, and the place of the life sciences in modern societies. Many lectures are illustrated by slides. Voluntary discussion section. Two midterms and a final examination. A paper may be substituted for part of the final examination.

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