The Origins of Modern Science

History 30A

Fall 2009
Instructor: 
Mazzotti
Location: 
219 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
MWF 10-11
CCN: 
39246
Units: 
Units
  • This course satisfies the Pre-Modern Requirement for the History Major.
  • Modern science as we know it today is the product of a historical process. In this course we shall explore the emergence of its concepts, practices, goals, and cognitive authority by surveying its roots in their social and cultural setting. We shall trace the development of conceptions of the natural world from antiquity to the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, paying particular attention to the transformation of natural philosophy in Europe between the age of Leonardo da Vinci and that of Isaac Newton.