Science and Society

History 30B

Spring 2010
102 Moffitt
Day & Time: 
MWF 11-12

An introductory survey of the history of the sciences and the increasingly important place they have come to occupy in modern societies since 1700. We begin by looking at the legacy of the Scientific Revolution, the consolidation of classical physics and natural history in the Enlightenment, and popular science. We go on to consider Darwin and evolution, the organizational transformation of science in the nineteenth century, the emergence of chemistry as a science and source of new technologies, and the foundations of genetics around 1900. In the twentieth century we will emphasize the relations of science to technology, medicine, industry, government, and warfare, with special attention to the examples of the atomic bomb and medicinal drugs. Course requirements include a discussion section, a midterm and a final examination, and one paper.