Science

290.001 Fall 2007 Historical Colloquium: History of Science

1 unit, graded S/U. Meets together with the UCB-UCSF Colloquium in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.

For details see http://ohst.berkeley.edu/ohst_events.html.

290.001 Spring 2007 Historical Colloquium: History of Science

1 unit, graded S/U. Meets together with the UCB-UCSF Colloquium in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.

For details see http://ohst.berkeley.edu/ohst_events.html.

280S.001 Fall 2007 Drugs in World History

The field of drug history allows us to learn about societies through their shifting relationships to pharmacological substances. In this seminar, we will focus on the multiple histories of major drugs including: Opium, Cocaine, Oral Contraceptives, Khat, Kola, and Viagra.

103S.002 Fall 2007 The Final Frontier: Science and Fiction in Twentieth-Century America

Science fiction has been called the mythology of the scientific age, a mirror of the modern Zeitgeist, and the only literary form capable of capturing the human experience in this highly technological age. Any statement so broadly constructed almost necessarily contains elements of both truth and hyperbole, and these statements are no exception, but the fact remains that science fiction is, at its heart, a literary (and cinematic) form that deals directly with the relationship between science and society.

103S.003 Fall 2007 The Animal in History

Is it possible to write a history of non-human beings? What does it mean to say that an organism has a past? Grappling with the history of the non-human forces to the surface many of our hidden assumptions about human history. Each week, this seminar will examine a different animal at a different moment in history. In readings stretching from antiquity to late modernity, we will encounter animals as companions, commodities, curiosities, symbols, omens, and subjects of scientific inquiry.

103S.002 Spring 2007 Gas, Bombs, and Rockets: Science-Based Warfare in the 20th Century

This seminar will examine how modern science changed warfare in the period between 1914 and 1945. The approach is comparative, focusing on developments in Germany and the United States. Instead of simply concentrating on the scientists and administrators who conceived the weapons, we will also try to let the artifacts themselves guide us through the course, regarding them as central ";actors"; on a huge stage of industry and technology.

103S.003 Spring 2007 Revolution in Physics: Quantum, Relativity, and the Destruction of the Classical World

This seminar covers the modern revolution in physics as well as the relationship between science and culture at the fin-de-siecle. Many of physics' fundamental principles, such as absolute concepts of space and time, mechanical explanation, determinism, and causality were under attack at the turn of the 20th century. Misgivings about the basic assumptions of science were widespread; they came from intellectuals in fields such as aesthetics, philosophy, and politics.

101.005 Spring 2007 History of Science

This course is designed for students who wish to write their 101 paper on topics related to the history of science. We will spend the first few weeks of the course looking at the ways that different types of cultural artifacts (such as works of fiction) can be used to gain an understanding of the relationship between science and society. We will also work on developing the students' individual research topics and finding appropriate source materials.

290.001 Fall 2006 Historical Colloquium: History of Science

1 unit, graded S/U. Meets together with the UCB-UCSF Colloquium in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.

For details see http://ohst.berkeley.edu/ohst_events.html.

290.001 Spring 2006 Historical Colloquium: History of Science

1 unit, graded S/U. Meets together with the UCB-UCSF Colloquium in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.

For details see http://ohst.berkeley.edu/ohst_events.html.

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