History of Science in the U.S.

History 138

Fall 2013
LSA 101
Day & Time: 
MWF 2-3P

This course examines the development of the physical sciences and life sciences in the United States and their use from the colonial era to the present. We will explore the historical role of science in the Unites States, how the sciences professionalized and institutionalized, and the relationship between science and other institutions. Our study of the sciences will focus on the role of scientific knowledge in education, government, culture, society, law, and religion, the funding of the sciences, and the application of sciences in business and economies. Topics will include the understanding of health through political literature, the development of science education and institutions including private and government agencies, the use of science and technology in agriculture, energy production, and mining, the militarization of science, the relationship of the theory of evolution to religion, politics, law, and society, and the role of minorities and women in the sciences.By the end of the course, students will be able to analyze the role of the sciences in the United States, how they contributed to national identity, intellectual life, and culture, and how the sciences interacted with government, religion, society, and business.

Course Books

Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion by Larson, Edward J. Basic Books. ISBN: 9780465075102 Required
Scientists in the Classroom: The Cold War Reconstruction of American Science Education by Rudolph, John L. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 9780312295714 Required
Biologists and the promise of American life: from Meriwether Lewis to Alfred Kinsey by Pauly, Philip J. Princeton University Press. ISBN: 9780691092867 Required
Science and the American Century : Readings from Isis by Kohlstedt, Sally Gregory and Kaiser, David University Of Chicago Press. ISBN: 9780226925141 Required
The scientific enterprise in America: readings from Isis by Numbers, Ronald L. and Rosenberg, Charles E. University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 9780226608389 Required