UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO

RIO PIEDRAS CAMPUS

COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

 

Title:  History of the Scientific Revolution

 

Code:  PHYS 3125; Sect. 0U1; CNL-C-311; MJ 4:00 pm-5:20 pm.                

 

Number of Credits:  3

 

Co-Requisite:  None

 

Requisite: None

 

Descripción del curso

La formación y desarrollo de ciencia moderna será discutida, desde la noción que las matemáticas podrían ser utilizadas como medio para entender la naturaleza, hasta el experimentalismo como mecanismo de evaluación publica entre pares académicos.  Además de las ponencias, los estudiantes tendrán oportunidad de explorar sus intereses particulares, presentando una reseĖa de libro a sus compaĖeros.  Los temas cubren los inicios filosóficos de la ciencia en la sociedad griega, su perdida y milagrosa preservación durante el medioevo, la aparente trivial innovaciones astronómicas de Copernico, su implicaciones con respecto al movimiento por Kepler y Galileo, culminando en la famosa síntesis de la ley de gravedad de Newton.  También se discutirá su continuo desarrollo europeo, al igual que su eventual expansión en la esfera cultural hispana.

 

Description

The formation and development of modern science will be discussed, from the notion that mathematics could be used as a means to understand nature, to experimentalism as a means of public evaluation between a society of peers.  Aside from lectures, the students will be given the opportunity to explore their particular interests, presenting a book review to their peers. The topics that will be covered include the philosophical origins of science in Greek society, its loss and miraculous preservation during the Medieval period, the apparently trivial astronomical innovations made by Copernicus, the evaluation of its implication with respect to motion by Kepler and Galileo, culminating in the famous Newtonian synthesis: the law of gravity.  The continued European development, as well as its eventual diffusion to the Hispanic cultural sphere will also be discussed.

 

Objectives

After the completion of this course, the student will be able to:

            • differentiate between the various philosophical changes associated with the

Scientific Revolution

            • identify the contextual factors influencing the emergence and development of the

Scientific Revolution

• trace the impact of the Scientific Revolution on the formation of modern science in

Europe and its diffusion to the the Americas

            • recognize the unique cultural strands of Western Civilization, visa-viz that of

non-Western social groups

            • develop a tolerance of diverse historical interpretations of events end figures

            • employ higher education academic writing and reading skills

            • construct a coherent synthesis of a book’s principal ideas and themes

           

Course Content

Topic

Assigned time (hours)

1 Introduction

3

2 Babylonian and Egyptian Science

3

3 Classical Greek Science

3

4 Hellenistic Science

3

5 Medieval Science

3

6 Renaissance

3

7 Scientific Revolution: Astronomy

3

8 Scientific Revolution: Galileo

3

9 Isaac Newton

3

10 Extending the Newtonian paradigm

3

11 Charles Darwin & Latin America

3

12 Role of the Industrial Revolution

3

13 The new science

3

14 Big Science in the United States

3

15 Science in Puerto Rico

3

Total hours

45 contact hours

 

Instructional Strategy

There will be three lectures per week, allowing for a 15-minute session per class to discuss the required reading material.  Students will be expected to reach a chapter each week, accompanied by supplementary material.  Each student will also be required to identify any relevant topic of interest, for which they will read any book of their own choice. (The selected book must meet standard academic criteria.) 

The principal instructional strategy is to expose the introductory level student to key events and figures in the history of science, as well as to provide a controlled academic space in which to explore their own particular interests in the field.

 

Minimum Require Facilities

Traditional lecture room.

 

Evaluation

The final grade will be determined by the following criteria:

 

Criteria

Percent of grade

1) Midterm exam

25%

2) Final exam

25%

3) Book review

25%

4) Attendance & class participation  

25%

Total

100%

 

Grading System

90% = A

80% = B

70% = C

60% = D

<60% = F

 

Bibliography

1. Ede A. & Cormack L. B. 2012. A History of Science in Society: From Philosophy to Utility. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.* (Required)

2. Bowler, P. J.  & Iwan Rhys Morus. 2005. Making Modern Science: A Historical Survey. Chicago, Ill:  University of Chicago Press. (Reference)

3. L. Daston & E. Lunbeck. 2011. Histories of Scientific Observation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

4. T. K. Simpson. 2012. Newton, Maxwell, Marx: Spirit, Freedom, and the Scientific Vision. Santa Fe, N.M.: Green Lion Press.

5. L. Torres. 2002. Asistencia Tecnológica: derecho de todos.. San Juan,PR: Editorial Isla Negra.

 

Academic Resources

1.     ISIS (History of Science Society – HSS)

2.     Technology & Culture (Society for the History of Technology – SHOT)

3.     Bulletin of the History of Medicine (American Association of the History of Medicine; Johns Hopkins Institute of the History of Medicine)

 

Derechos  de  estudiantes  con  impedimientos: 

La   UPR   cumple   con   todas   las   leyes   y   reglamentos   federales   y   estatales   relacionados   a   discriminación,   incluyendo   la   Ley   Federal   “ADA”   (American   Disabilities   Act)   y   la   Ley   51   del   Estado   Libre   Asociado   de   Puerto  Rico.  Los  estudiantes  que  reciban  servicios  de  Rehabilitación  Vocacional  deben  comunicarse  con   el   (la)   Profesor(a)   al   inicio   del   semestre   para   planificar   el   acomodo   razonable   y   equipo   de   asistencia     necesario   conforme   a   las   recomendaciones   de   la   Oficina   de   Asuntos   de   Personas   con   Impedimentos   (OAPI)   del   Decanato   de   Estudiantes.   También   aquellos   estudiantes   con   necesidades   especiales   que   requieren  de  algún  tipo  de  asistencia  o  acomodo  deben  comunicarse  con  el(la)  profesor(a).

 

Rights of Students with Disabilities

UPR complies with all federal and state laws and regulations regarding discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 (ADA) and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Law 51. Students with disabilities will receive a reasonable accommodation for equal access to education or services at UPR.