HIST 2230 Science before the Scientific Revolution (Spring: 3 )
The advent of modern science in the western world was never a necessary outcome of western intellectual activity. Yet histories of science frequently spin a tale of intellectual progress leading inexorably to scientific thinking (and hint at brighter futures to come). This course examines the technologies and philosophical tools that would give rise to science, but with an eye to their historical contexts and their many non-scientific aspects. We especially will focus on how pre-modern medicine, astronomy, and alchemy relate, or do not, to their modern counterparts.
Instructor(s): Zachary Matus
Last Updated: 24-Jun-17