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History of Science

Why do we believe that the earth is revolving around the sun?

How did Darwin develop his theory of evolution?

How did the University of Edinburgh contribute to the history of science?

How has science influenced warfare?

Who invented the Internet?

And what is the role of women in science?

In this course we will discover the development of scientific thought from Ancient Civilizations into the Twenty First Century, paying attention to astronomy, mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, geology, space and computer science. While introducing historical methods we will cover recent debates in the history of science, paying attention to instruments, geography, organisation, gendering and communication of science. Includes a visit to the National Museum of Scotland.

Themes Include:
• The non-Western origins of science
• Greek philosophy
• Religion and science
• The establishment of Universities
• Scientific revolution
• Newtonian science
• Darwin and evolution
• Industrial revolution
• Science in wartime
• Space exploration
• Human genome and biomedicine
• IT and globalisation


This is a level 8 course with 20 credits.

Course organiser: Dr Niki Vermeulen

Course secretary: Alex Dysart

There will be 3 lectures per week in Semester 2

More information: History of Science (STIS08005)